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Blog 07/11/19

Flood Damage Restoration Costs

Unfortunately, flooding can and does occur either due to natural disasters, a slab leak, broken pipes or a pipe bursting.  Once the issue is resolved, then comes a new problem to take care of- flood damage restoration.  Various things can affect the cost of your home flood restoration.  This comprehensive guide can help you navigate those costs. 

Prep and Recovery is Key

Making sure you start your flood damage restoration services as soon as possible is crucial. Locate the leak and fix it as soon as possible.  Fixing the leak within 24 – 48 hours can limit the damage that could occur.  Water and flood damage can create a plethora of issues. Mold can grow, wood can be damaged, surface staining can occur and bacteria and unpleasant odors can become a nuisance. Because of all this, the first step in flood damage restoration is to dry the flooded area.  By clearing the water and drying the area thoroughly and quickly, you are preventing additional costs from being added later in the flood restoration process. In some cases of flooding, if clean water is what caused the flood, completely drying out the flooded area is sufficient.  This is the most affordable method of flood damage restoration. If gray or black water floods your home, the clean-up process will need to be a bit more thorough, adding to the cost. Drying will still need to happen after everything is thoroughly cleaned. 

To keep flood damage restoration costs down and only if it is safe to do so, turn off the power to the flooded area, remove any furniture or sentimental items (pictures, artwork, mementos), open up any cabinets or closets to help facilitate drying and remove and mop up as much water as you can.  

Drying and Sanitation Process

To bring the home flood restoration process ahead, drying and sanitation will need to occur.  To expedite this process, the professional restoration company will thoroughly inspect your home to evaluate the damage and what the best plan of action is and what equipment is needed.  Extractors will be brought in to remove any water that remains. Once the excess water is removed, industrial dehumidifiers and air movers will be placed throughout the flooded area to completely dry the area.  If furniture was also in the flooded area, it will be removed, sanitized and deodorized. The flooded area itself will also be fully sanitized and deodorized to ensure that the area is safe.

Flood Recovery

Unfortunately, damage may occur to the flooring, your drywall, or even the appliances. If wood was damaged, be it furniture, flooring, or the structure itself, it will need to be reconstructed entirely.  Drywall is vulnerable to moisture, and with flooding, it will definitely need to be repaired or replaced. An experienced Bill Howe restoration technician can evaluate how to best fix or replace your drywall.  Your flooring may also need to be replaced if it has been damaged by the flooding. Depending on the extent of these, it will affect the price of the project. 

To begin your home flood restoration, call 1-800-BILL-HOWE to receive the best and most thorough care from our restoration professionals. 

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