Below is a list of 11 factors affecting the cost of water damage restoration.
All water removal services are classified as “emergency services”
In Northern VA and Southern Maryland, the Xactimate standard emergency water removal fee is $185 during normal business hours and increases after 5pm. Other price factors may include service zip code and emergency availability. The use of water removal pump, weighted water extraction, hard surface water removal versus soft surface water removal are all determining factors of water damage restoration costs.
Invasive or non-invasive inspection
Most FREE inspections include a non-invasive investigation of water damage. Non-invasive water damage inspections are visual inspections and include the use of specialized water detection equipment. Invasive inspections include the cutting away & removal of wet or water damage materials to inspect.
Water damage restoration project management fees include line items such as the creation of reports & travel time to pick up water damage repair items.
Difficulty Level of project preparation
This factor includes the need for content manipulation, floor protection, containment, & confinement of water damaged area.
Category of water
Category 1 (Clean Water) – “Clean Water” refers to wastewater that is still considered safe for consumption because there are no contaminants present that could pose any immediate threat. Category 1 wastewater comes from a clean source like a broken water line or leaky faucet. If left untreated, Category 1 can degrade into Category 2 or 3 when exposed to other contaminants.
Category 2 (Gray Water) – “Gray Water” is the type of wastewater generated in households or buildings that is not contaminated by any toilet discharge. However, it already contains bacteria and viruses that could easily cause an illness or discomfort. Gray water comes from showers, laundry water, bathwater, basin overflow, and more. Category 2 wastewater can quickly degrade into Category 3 when left untreated.
Category 3 (Black Water) – “Black Water” is the type of wastewater with a very high concentration of contaminants like fecal matter and urine. Extended exposure or accidental consumption of Category 3 wastewater may result in serious illnesses or even death. This is the reason why it is crucial to call a qualified professional to handle black water cleanup as quickly as possible.
Water damage restoration equipment, monitoring, setup and break down is a significant part of water damage restoration cleanup projects. Equipment is charged per piece, per day. An equipment decontamination fee may also be included in this water restoration cost category.
Use of specialty equipment
Specialty equipment is the most expensive water damage cleanup equipment to run. Specialty equipment includes items such as: hard wood floor drying equipment, directed heat, and air flow injection equipment.
Demolition & Decontamination
The demolition and decontamination measures of a water damage project are related to the “class and category” of the water mitigation. Category 3 water damage is the most expensive water damage category.
Disposal line items include dump runs which average $135 each & dumpster rental fees. Included in dumpster renter fee are the dumpster itself and the tonnage of water damage cleanup waste. This fee is usually around $85/per each additional ton.
Post Mitigation Analysis
Post water damage mitigation clearance testing fees average $350-$550. Many times the fee for this service may be waved. Ask a Flood Metrix representative for details.
Final cleanup is broken into two major groups, commercial & residential. This fees included here are breaking down containment, floor protection and the final “construction cleanup”.