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What Does it Cost to Remove Standing Water?

A burst pipe, broken water main or sump pump, leaking plumbing fixture or a flood can all result in standing water in the lowest level of your home. Standing water is a serious hazard to your health and safety, which is why it's important to call for professional assistance in having the standing water removed. Before you make that call, there are a few things you should know.

National Remove Standing Water Costs

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National Remove Standing Water Costs
Average reported cost $2,552
Number of Cost Profiles 641 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $7,000
Most homeowners spent between: $1,475 to $2,947

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Average Cost to Remove Standing Water 

The average cost to remove standing water from a home is $2,483. This is just the cost of getting the water out; additional services like removal and replacement of rotted wood, mold remediation, and plumbing and electrical repairs are not included in this total. The longer the water remains standing in the home, the more extensive and expensive the repairs will be.

Common Causes of Standing Water 

In some cases, standing water results from a one-time, rare event like a flood, a pipe that freezes and then bursts, or a failed bathtub or toilet seal. Other times, the cause is a broken sump pump or blocked drainage pipe that would typically send water away from the home. In other instances, standing water can result from a malfunction of the gutters and downspouts, improper grading around the home or a broken landscape irrigation system.

Factors in the Cost of Removing Standing Water 

If the standing water was caused by a severe storm or a flood, removing the standing water may have to wait until the flood waters recede from around your home. If the standing water is a result of a plumbing problem, emergency plumbing services could result in overtime fees that increase the project cost. Purchasing supplies and materials to repair plumbing problems and structural materials like drywall or flooring will increase the project's overall cost.

What to Know If You're Trying to Remove Standing Water Yourself 

While most homeowners can handle cleaning up a small puddle of water like from a clogged toilet, a large amount of standing water in a home should be left to the professionals. Hidden hazards such as snakes or rats, live electricity and other dangers could lead to the risk of injuries for inexperienced homeowners trying to do it themselves.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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