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Determining Water Damage Costs

Each water damage loss is unique, therefore your water damage mitigation/restoration estimate may vary. There are no standardized costs for any sort of water damage mitigation/restoration, but there are five basic factors that can help to explain the pricing associated to the work that may be required for each project.  

Let’s review what goes in to restoration pricing so you can be prepared on what to expect:


The Type of Water Loss:

  • Clean water: (Category 1) – this is less “risky” water that comes from indoor plumbing and is the least expensive sort of damage to deal with.

  • Grey water: (Category 2) – this is the type of water that comes from areas that might contain physical, chemical or biological contaminants. This sort of water might come from laundry or kitchen appliances. It is a bit more difficult to handle because it may contain materials that will easily make inhabitants ill if they are exposed to it.

  • Black water: (Category 3) – this is the worst and most expensive flooding to deal with because it is highly toxic and contains such things as sewage or toxic debris. It is the most expensive type of water damage.


The risk of contamination of building materials and exposure to pathogenic bacterial, fungal or viral organisms increases as the classification of water increases. The cost of water damage mitigation/remediation increases with it.


The Size of the Area Affected:

The height of the water is significant and so too is the size of the space that is contaminated. Your water damage restoration estimator will calculate the cost of any project using the square footage of the structure as a base.


The Extent of the Damage:

The extent of the damage will guide the cost of the project. Changing out carpet is much more expensive and requires additional time as opposed to restoring a carpet that has sustained clean water damage. Restoring a water damaged wall that already shows signs of dry rot and mold infestation will be costly and time consuming.


Type of Building Materials Required:

Your water damage mitigation/restoration estimate will reflect costs associated with restoring each type of building material within your home. If you need your imported Italian tile replaced, it’s going to cost a great deal more than using a more standard material.



At Clean Indeed, we follow the standards of care of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Some Additional things to expect:

  • Before entering a house filled with standing water, turn off the power but never turn the power off while standing in water.

  • A company representative will inspect and evaluate the affected area, often using water-sensing equipment to determine the source of the problem and the extent of the damage.

  • Restoration includes pumping and drying the affected areas, and drying, sanitizing, removing or deodorizing materials as needed and this will be reflected on your estimate.



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