Basements are the one place in the home that are prone to flooding – and it sucks for homeowners! It can cost quite a few dollars to restore a basement after a severe flooding, and as the basement is at the lowest level, it’s the most vulnerable to excessive rainfall and excess water from burst pipes. Flooding through the basement can lead to some serious issues and if that water is left to stand there, you could be looking at structural issues as a result of the water damage.
Fixing the basement is a big job and the costs are beyond financial. The time taken to get it all fixed, paying for and calling in the Water Damage Company to assess the property and the construction teams needed to put the house back together? That’s a lot of stress for you and the cost of that could affect you mentally more than it can financially. So, you need to know that flooded basement cleanup and restoring it all takes time and cash – and it’s not a short process. The average cost could set you back up to $5,000, but it all depends on the extent of the damage and whether or not you have insurance as to the true monetary cost. Some of the things that affect the cost of the flooded basement include:
- The Level Of Water. How much water is in your basement will directly impact the drying process and how much the floor and walls are damaged. Depth is the first thing that a water damage company will look for when determining the cost of restoring the basement. The more water, the harder it will be to remove and dry out. The cleanup after this will then depend on how clean or dirty the water is. Muddy water can often take much longer to clean than regular water leaking. That’s why…
- The Type Of Water. – it matters! Water damage companies assess the water in your basement by category. The first is water that comes from leaky faucets or pipes and does not pose a health risk. The next is gray water and this comes from things like faulty washers and dishwashers. It’s gray because of the detergents in the water and the restoration cost of this is a little higher than you expect. The final category is black water and this refers to sewage and storm damage with toxic debris and mud. The restoration costs here can be way over the previously mentioned $5,000.
- Basement Size. The size of the basement matters when it comes to cleaning up the damage in the basement. Larger basements are harder to clear and restore, but smaller basements can still have incredible amounts of damage done to them because of the water. The bigger the surface area, the longer it takes to clean and restore.
- Time. If the water is sitting in the basement for a while, the basement materials are susceptible to more damage. The mold growth risk increases and the damage to the basement will increase as time goes on. Ideally, you don’t want to allow water to sit in the basement for any length of time.