Water damage can come from a variety of sources in our homes. A clean water pipe bursting or leaking is a different kind of problem compared to an overflowing dishwasher or washing machine. Those problems are minimal compared to a broken or clogged drain pipe or backed-up toilet. Understanding the source of the water damage can help you as the homeowner know the costs associated with the damage and the restoration.
Water damage restoration and costs vary depending on the water source. While it could be important for you to know the source of your water damage, only water damage specialists like our crew at Flood Pro can properly categorize your water damage.
To be classified as Category 1, the clean water must not have been in contact with fecal matter or chemicals. Although it is still quite a chore to clean up, drying carpets can cost anywhere from $1 to $11 per square foot and drywall that may need to be replaced can range from $1 to $3 per square foot.
Most sources of clean water disasters are broken water lines, leaky faucets or toilet tanks, burst pipes, broken sprinklers, faulty water heaters, and rain. Remember, time is of the essence; your clean water can turn to mold or mildew if not remediated quickly and then your costs will begin to increase.
Although Category 2 water does not contain fecal matter, gray water includes harmful contaminants such as urine or chemicals such as detergents or other cleaning solutions. It is important to know that gray water cleanup can be hazardous. Clean-up is more intense with gray water, and materials such as hardwood floors which costs between $10 to $15 per square foot. Plaster repair may also be necessary at $6 to $19 per square foot.
Gray water usually comes from an appliance overflow problem including your dishwasher or washing machine. Toilet bowl overflow can also be classified as gray water if there is no sign of sewage. A quick clean-up is essential as mold and mildew and the potential of bacteria can drive up the cost of restoration.
Category 3 water is water that has come in contact with sewage. Black water restoration comes at a higher price because any porous materials must be carefully removed to avoid further contamination and completely replaced. Belongings such as carpets and padding, curtains, bedding, clothing, and upholstered furniture as a few listed that would need to be disposed of.
Black water is usually the result of sewage backup, broken pipes, and backup due to flooding–including overflowing lakes or rivers. To ensure a proper clean-up of clean, gray, or black water damage and restoration, water damage specialists will take all necessary steps to provide a clean and healthy environment after a black water disaster.
Dealing with any kind of water damage on your own is frustrating and overwhelming in every way possible. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team of professionals at Flood Pro. We’re available and ready to help 24/7 to best serve you in your time of need.