In Water Damage

Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, TN

Water damage can have a catastrophic impact on your home or business and, with it, a heavy financial cost. Here is some more important information about the cost of water damage. While we hope you never have to put this information into practice, knowing this now will help prepare you if water damage does occur.

In the event of any water damage, you should seek out a professional restoration company and request an estimate. This is only the first step, however. One of the professional licensed technicians employed by your Johnson City water restoration company will have to come on-site and evaluate any damage firsthand. Statistics show the average restoration cost from flood damage is $2,700, although in some cases repairs may cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It is important to hire a water damage restoration company that is licensed, insured, and experienced in dealing with all types of water damage. That said, any restoration company will need certain information before beginning work.

First, is the category of the loss clean, grey or black? Clean water contains minimal contamination, and often stems from a broken tap, pipe, or hose. This is the safest water to remove and, in many cases, a professional restoration company can save almost everything damaged. Grey water has more contamination, often coming from the failure of appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. Still, many items can be saved from grey water—except for items like carpet padding. Black water is highly contaminated and requires the highest level of care in handling, treatment, and restoration. This water often comes from outside sources such as rivers, streams, and the ocean—or as runoff from sewers. Any porous material that is damaged by black water cannot be saved.

Next, your restoration company will need to know the length of time the water sat on your property. Grey water and clean water both will degrade to black water. How long that process takes depends on the temperature. If your home sustains water damage, time is of the essence. Mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours after materials get wet.

Your restoration company will also need to take measurements to know the approximate square footage of the water-damaged area, and the extent of the damage—in other words, how much total water is involved.

Costs also vary depending on which surfaces are affected, as well as the type and amount of equipment that is required to dry the property thoroughly. Your type of flooring, furniture, and wall materials will impact how the water damage is restored and what is required in the process. Also, any water damage on an upper floor will carry a higher expense because it typically impacts the downstairs areas as well.

The good news is that your insurance company may cover your loss. However, did you know that many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage caused by natural causes unless you have specific flood insurance? Either way, be sure that you check with your homeowner’s insurance policy to have an understanding of the coverage that you currently have, and make adjustments if you feel it is necessary to protect your property.

Water Restoration in Johnson City and Kingsport

We hope you never have to encounter the stress that comes from water damage, but if you do, Spotless Carpet Cleaners can help thanks to our 24-hour emergency service. Call us at (423) 926-9251 to learn more about our services.

Spotless Carpet Cleaners is proud to serve the cleaning, carpet, and restoration needs for customers in the areas of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol, Tennessee, and has done so since 1975.