The cost to repair water damage can be quite high, especially if there is extensive damage. The cost could also vary depending on the location. The cost usually ranges from $11.08 – $11.69 per square foot and in some cases it can be higher. To arrive at the cost, the repair companies consider the material cost, hourly cost of labor and labor productivity rates. These estimates were provided by www.smrecover.com
Categories of water damage
Clean water or white water – This type of damage does not pose any health threat to people. It could be caused by water supply pipes, overflow or blockage of pipes or failure in some electronic equipment that pumps the water.
Grey water – In this kind of damage the water gets contaminated to some extent. It can have some chemicals, micro-organisms or some pollutants that can cause water borne diseases when taken. In some cases exposure to this kind of water can even cause illness. Take for instance water from washing machines, dryers or toilet.
Black water – This is usually plain and very dirty water that might contain fungi, viruses and bacterium. This damage is mostly experienced indoors. However, it can be in streams, rivers or sea water. Besides, if grey water is left untreated it can be categorized as black water.
Tips to prevent water damage
It is less costly to prevent water damage than to repair and prevention can be done in a number of ways. Firstly, ensure that you maintain good drainage as this will prevent any cracks or blockages in your home. You should clean your gutters regularly and ensure that the downspout directs water up to 10 feet away from your house. Secondly, test your sump pump annually to ensure it functions well. The testing is simple and you start by filling the sump pump with water and watch the level of the float. Thereafter check to see if the water level falls. You can then use the same process to test your backup pump. Lastly, check for any leaks in the pipes or the roof of your house. You should fix the leak as soon as you see it.
Generally it is more convenient and cheaper to prevent water damage than cater for the cost to repair water damage. Clean water helps you remain healthy always and keeps the environment around you clean too. Some of the preventive measures are quite easy to carry out on your own. If you have to do more then seek services of a professional to do regular checks.
21 Aug 2014