What Factors Can Impact the Cost of Water Restoration?
Water Restoration Costs Vary Between Jacksonville Homes
Jacksonville homes include a wide range of architectural styles, from Georgian and Prairie styles to ultra-modern condos. Did you know the city has more pre-1967 buildings than any other in Florida? Some structures even predate the Great Fire of 1901.
With such a range of buildings in Jacksonville, water restoration costs can vary widely. SERVPRO is ready to tackle water damage in any size and shape structure – no job is too big or too small, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
How does the type of building affect water restoration costs?
Construction materials affect how water soaks into the structure of a building, which makes a difference to restoration efforts. For example:
- Wooden beams and floors might warp, swell or crack when soaked
- Metal can rust but is not likely to be deformed by water
- Drywall can soak up water and become so damaged that we need to replace it
- Masonry units and mortar can crack in extreme cases
The type of construction materials dictates what can be cleaned and dried where it is, and what SERVPRO must remove and replace. Material type is also a factor when deciding on a drying protocol, such as where to position air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans.
What about the source of water and the extent of the damage?
The source of water and the extent of water damage can both impact water restoration costs
We categorize water three ways:
- Clean water has no contaminants in it and does not pose a health risk
- Gray water may have some contaminants (such as water from a dishwasher) and thus might post some health risks
- Blackwater contains hazardous things such as raw sewage or animal carcasses and is the most dangerous category of water
The water classification impacts the level of safety precautions SERVPRO of Jacksonville South needs to take. It also affects whether we can salvage personal belongings, furniture, and electronic devices.
The extent of water damage also impacts the restoration bill. It is much cheaper to remediate damage in one corner of the laundry room from a leaking washer than to fix an entire flooded bathroom. The home's size also matters – it takes less time to restore a one-bed condo than a six-bed Colonial style home.
What else can affect the restoration bill?
Other factors that can affect the water restoration bill include:
- Whether there is standing water in the property – standing water must be pumped and vacuumed away
- The length of time before SERVPRO arrives – call us as soon as possible because the longer it takes, the worse water damage gets
- What kinds of clothes, textiles, devices, and furniture are involved – each of these requires cleaning and restoration, which can add to costs
- Whether or not there is fungal growth or its risk– this adds mold remediation to the cost
What does SERVPRO do to keep water restoration costs down?
Our team knows that keeping costs down is essential to homeowners. One way we keep the bill lower is by focussing on restoration rather than replacement where possible. In many cases, we can clean and restore furniture (including antiques), floor coverings, drapes, and even keepsakes and craft materials such as photographs, documents, and canvas. We can also have bed linens, clothes, and other textiles sent out for professional cleaning.
We use spot cleaners, foam cleaners, hot water extraction, and even wet fogging to clean and deodorize furniture and soft furnishings. We carefully test each item before washing to ensure the cleaning method is safe for the material.
Cleaning is not only cheaper than replacing items; it makes your life easier when it comes to claiming insurance because the amount you claim is lower.
We lower the cost to you by keeping our organization highly trained and well organized, so you can rest assured you are getting the fastest and most effective service at all times.
What can homeowners do to save on water restoration costs?
The best way for homeowners to save on water restoration costs is to protect their home and belongings from water damage. It is not always possible to avoid a storm, but you can help storm-proof your home. Fix leaking doors and windows, or damaged tiles or gutters, immediately. You can also add storm shutters or storm doors.
You can also take steps to prevent plumbing incidents and broken appliances. For example, we recommend regular checks for leaks, water stains, dripping faucets, or running toilets. It is also essential to maintain machines and make sure all pipes, valves, and seals are in perfect working order.
For help with water restoration in any home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066.