Disaster Recovery Services Costs
Most homeowners spend between $2,164 and $6,284 nationally. Get free estimates from local disaster recovery contractors.
The responsibility of being a homeowner brings with it many benefits. In addition to being a property owner, your house is a valuable investment worth maintaining to its highest standard. Unfortunately, situations beyond the control of anyone do arise, and you could be left attempting to repair and piece back together your house in the event of a fire or natural disaster. Frequently outside anyone's control, these disasters do arise, and the costs they leave can be large.
Repair Fire & Smoke Damage
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In the event of a fire, you can be left with many problems. If your home remains structurally sound, you are left replacing or repairing what can be in a shell of a room or house. In contrast to the damage caused by fire that often cannot be repaired, any house fire is almost sure to leave reversible smoke damage. The smoke that a fire gives off can easily seep into the pores of wooden furniture or even cabinets, leaving a permanent odor. The same can be true for furniture made of other materials as well. This damage can often be removed by a disaster recovery specialist. Any wooden items with smoke damage can be treated in an ozone chamber to remove the odor, and other items can be professionally cleaned or restored with the same result. The cost of these services will be in the thousands of dollars.
Fire damage does not always mean that repairs cannot be made. If the fire is extinguished quickly enough, a disaster recovery specialist can assess the costs of repairing versus replacing everything that's damaged to give you the most efficient options. If a few walls sustained fire damage, often things like sheetrock can be replaced to fix the problem. Disaster recovery is truly done on a case-by-case basis, which makes it all the more important to research anyone you hire first. A good contractor will salvage whatever they can to save you the most money possible.
Severe water damage caused by floods or otherwise can be the most costly to repair of all. While fires can at least be extinguished, water will continue to flow regardless of what is in its way. Finished basements can sometimes be very badly damaged by standing flood waters, and in the worst cases, these waters can fill entire floors of the home. This leaves a lot of different, and complicated, repairs to be made.
There are disaster recovery contractors that specialize in water and flood damage. It is imperative to immediately find one of these specialists – the longer you wait when dealing with water damage, the worse the overall damage will be. A good contractor will immediately begin to remove any standing water using a series of pumps, water suction tools and high-powered fans. This can even save a flooded carpet in certain instances. Removing the water and humidity from flooded areas of the home as quickly as possible is the most important thing you can do – if mold is given an opportunity to grow, it can cause health problems for yourself and your family, in addition to the greater repair costs.
The recovery specialist will then need to determine how high the water actually got in order to know how to proceed with repairs. Often, cutting into walls a few inches above the flood line allows for the replacement of damaged insulation as well as the removal of damaged sheetrock while preserving as much of the undamaged wall as possible. Also, wires have to be cut and repaired as well as electrical fixtures. Drainage and pumps may need to be installed to prevent another major issue. Depending on the area of your water damage, any and all of these services will cost in excess of $1,000.
Last updated on May 2, 2017