At Professional Restoration, we’ve been helping Denver businesses and Front Range families repair water damage for nearly three decades. During that time, we’ve learned a lot about water damage, how much it costs, and how long it takes to fix.
Here’s a summary of water damage repair costs; plus, when it’s okay to fix it yourself and when you should call professionals for help.
The Cost of Water Damage
It’s difficult to answer this question in general—water damage is unique to the property and affected by the amount of time it’s been there and the amount of water on the scene.
While it’s hard to attach a standard cost to water damage, it’s safe to say that there are ways a property owner can mitigate damage (or further property damage!) based on actions he or she takes once water has been discovered.
The good news is that minor water damage doesn’t have to be a costly ordeal. Many property owners will already have the tools needed to repair the problem. However, major flooding will more than likely require a professional restoration team.
How extensive is the water damage?
Answering this question will give you a starting point to build from. It will also allow you to prioritize what needs repair urgently versus what doesn’t.
Do-it-yourself alternatives are available, and there are several benefits to pursuing this option: it’s often easier than you might think, and it can save time as well as money. Plus, there’s also the accomplishment of completing a project on your own!
Alternatively, the time advantage of hiring a professional could be a major factor in your decision. However, professional labor is typically more expensive than doing it yourself.
A Few Things to Consider…
DIY projects have a higher likelihood of revisions compared to work done by professionals. Moreover, professionals typically use higher-quality items and have access to specialty equipment and tools.
Plus, reputable companies will offer guarantees for their work, which you can’t get from DIY projects.
More specifically, it may be useful to hire a professional if you’re planning to tackle:
- Foundation repair
- Major electrical work
- Major remodels
- Plumbing repair
- Window installation
Lastly, if you’ve got insurance that covers water damage, you will have to contact the insurance company to make a claim to access funds for restoration services.
If water damage is extensive enough to warrant a claim, you will definitely need to contact a professional restoration company. Your insurance company will have a list of preferred vendors, but you’re not obligated to use anyone on this list.
If the water damage isn’t sufficient to warrant an insurance claim, you can still choose to pay out-of-pocket for professional services (sometimes it’s cheaper to do this, rather than risking a premium increase), or you can tackle the damage on your own.
When in Doubt, Call the Pros
At Professional Restoration, we offer water damage repair and clean up services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
With over 25 years of experience, we help property owners rebuild quickly so they can get back to work.