Water damage restoration is, unfortunately, inevitable for most Lakeland homeowners and business owners. Water damage restoration is when an emergency water clean-up needs to happen due to a leak, broken appliances, or other causes of water getting into your home.
In some cases, emergency restoration services are needed. When you do need emergency services, it is extremely important that you act quickly. If you don’t, it can end up costing you a lot more money.
There are quite a few factors that contribute to the cost of water restoration services. Most of them are obvious, but some you may not have known. If you are a homeowner or business owner in Lakeland, this guide can help you understand water damage clean-up services and how much they will cost.
What Are the Causes of Water Damage?
It’s important to know what to look for as potential causes of water damage around your home. Knowing these causes can help you prevent them from happening to you, or at least knowing what to look for. Leaving water damage untreated for too long can lead to more issues and can make the damage irreparable.
- Burst pipes
- Broken appliances
- Blocked drains or gutters
- Natural disaster
Be sure to also want to be sure to keep an eye on your basement for any flooding. Oftentimes flooding can start in the basement. It’s also important to check the attic, especially after a heavy storm.
What Are the Sign of Water Damage?
Unfortunately, water damage isn’t always obvious, so it’s important to know the signs so you can keep it from getting worse. Some of these signs affect the cost more so than others.
Increasing Water Bill
High utility bills are a common first sign that a water leak may exist and you need to call a leak detection specialist. Urgent Restoration has Leak Detection services that can find a leak that you may not be able to find on your own. If you notice that your water bill has begun to increase over time, call Urgent Restoration and we can determine whether or not your home has a leak.
If You Experience Loss of Pressure and/or Running out of Hot Water
Loss of pressure and running out of hot water are two signs of underground water leaks or a water heater that is ready to go out. Standing water inside or in the yard can also be a sign of a water leak. If you have noticed one or more of these signs, itʼs important to act now.
NOTE: If you suspect a leak, turn off anything that may be using (or could use) running water in your home or business, then locate the water meter outside. It is normally a small triangle flow meter that spins when water is flowing. If your meter is “spinning”, then this is an indication of a water leak, and more than likely this can mean a slab leak or an underground water leak. Next, look for water around your home, inside and out; and listen for the sound of running water. A hissing sound can indicate a water supply line break. A flowing or rolling sound can indicate a broken waste line.
If You Notice Water Rings or Sagging/Soft Areas
Water rings on your walls or ceilings or, worse, sagging spots on your ceiling, indicate a sign that there is water damage present in your home. More specifically, water rings can indicate a leak that has gone undetected.
The Smell of Mildew or Mold
If you see or smell mold in your home or business, you should call for water restoration services immediately. Mold can spread very quickly if it’s not treated right away. If you see black mold, it is especially important to act fast. You should also call if you smell mildew because this can be indicative of water damage as well.
You should call emergency restoration services if you notice a leak or smell of mold in your home or business.
Water Restoration Costs
The cost of restoration varies from situation to situation and it depends on the severity of the water damage. Once your water removal company inspects and assesses the situation, they can provide you with a
detailed plan before they move forward with the restoration process. At Urgent Restoration, we use industry-standard pricing and we give you an estimate before we start the project.
However, it’s important to note that there are many factors that can affect the cost of water restoration services. Also, if you need emergency restoration services, that can increase the overall cost, too.
These are some common factors that can affect the cost of restoration.
If mold is present, it means that there are additional services that have to be done which costs more money. Typically mold and mildew can be caused by water damage. So if you find the mold or mildew before you find the water damage, it’s imperative that you tell your restoration company about it. Then they will look for the original source of water damage to take care of all underlying causes of mold. They will also take care of the mold at this time, as well.
Size of the Affected Area
If a large area of your home has been affected, like an entire floor, this can be more costly. Less equipment is required if the damage is contained to a small area of your home. And less equipment means less labor and less overall costs. On the other hand, a large area means a larger crew, more equipment, and higher costs.
Time Since Damage
If a lot of time has passed since the original damage occurred, this will affect how much it will cost you for restoration services.
Water Type and Presence
There are different types of water (soft and hard) and this can affect the total cost of your services. If there is a lot of standing water still present at the time of the assessment, this can cost more as well.
If unexpected issues arise, the cost can increase. For example, if the water damage is not as contained as the water removal company initially thought, it could end up costing more in the end. Additionally, it’s easy for the homeowner or business owner to underestimate the water damage. Your water removal company will do a thorough inspection and assessment to ensure that all the water damage is removed.
Does Insurance Cover Water Damage Restoration?
Most of the time, your insurance company will cover the cost of your restoration services. Your insurance company can provide you with more in-depth and accurate information on the coverage for water or flood damage restoration.
For added peace of mind, Urgent Restoration assists in filing documentation directly with your insurance company. This is another way we help remove the stress of water damage repair. We fully document the entire process to ensure your insurance claim is handled correctly and you have proper documentation.
How Does the Water Damage Restoration Process Work?
In order to clean up water damage, restoration services need to happen as soon as possible. There are certain steps that need to be taken during cleanup and restoration. While some processes may differ for each water damage restoration company, in general, the process is basically the same. Removing the water is the most important task, which is started right away after an assessment is complete.
The process can start as soon as you contact a water damage contractor. The first thing they will want to know is whether you need residential water damage restoration or commercial water damage restoration based on your situation. They will also want to know how the damage occurred; is this a flood restoration clean up or is the source of the damage from something else?
Prior to your contractor or restoration company’s arrival, they should try to guide you through turning off your water supply. This is important because it will prevent further water from entering your home and causing more damage. Quick action here can be the difference between losing valuables or not.
Here are the steps we take at Urgent Restoration.
STEP 1: Initial Contact
STEP 2: Inspection and Assessment
STEP 3: Water Removal and Extraction
STEP 4: Drying and Dehumidification
STEP 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Why Choose Urgent Restoration of Lakeland?
If extensive water damage has left your home or business in disrepair, donʼt panic. We know how crucial it is to start remediating the water damage as soon as possible, so we’re on standby 24/7 to help you with your situation.
You can trust us to get the job done quickly and effectively, removing any and all signs of water and water damage from your home or business. Our thorough process also helps to prevent any further damage from happening to your home.
We’re here to help with any emergency water damage restoration services in Lakeland, FL. We can help with clean up from leaking appliances, leaking and busted pipes, slab leaks, as well as storm and flood water damage. We enjoy working in our own communities and restoring people’s lives back to normal. Call us today for more information, or click here to schedule an assessment!
Aaron Iannuzzi is the owner of Urgent Restoration with over a decade of experience in the restoration industry. Aaron started Urgent Restoration in 2018 and has locations in Florida and Georgia. The company specializes in water damage restoration, mold remediation, fire remediation and more. Aaron and his team of experienced technicians are proud to serve their communities to restore their homes and businesses back to normal.