When your basement is flooded it results in serious damages, such as a rotted sheetrock, damp insulation and weakened support beams in your basement. There are various problems that can lead to a flooded basement, which includes a busted water pipe, backed-up sewer lines, a failed basement sump pump, a broken hose on a water heater or washing machine and a heavy rainfall. In the following article, we will focus on the costs of fixing a flooded basement.
The average cost to repair a flooded basement
1) Costs for removing flooded water
The Costs of fixing a flooded basement usually vary considerably depending on whether the source of flooding is from clean water, from sewer water, or from several feet of water, mud and other storm debris from a heavy storm. The basic costs of pumping out clean water from a flooded basement and thoroughly drying can start from around $500-$1,500 and this can increase to $2,000-$10,000 or more. This depends on the size of your basement.
It also depends on the need for repair or replacement of the damaged items such as flooring, walls, ceilings, support beams or furnishings. The major factors that affect the total costs for restoration are the depth and the type of water. We have different categories of floods.
- The first category is from clean water such as from a busted pipe or a faulty heater.
- The second category is from gray wastewater which has minor contaminants, such as overflow from a dishwasher or washing machine.
- The last category is category 3 which includes black water which consists of raw sewage and other toxic debris that poses immediate health concerns to the occupants. Floods fall in this category.
2) Cost of purchasing a pump and dehumidifier
In case you hire the services of a professional restoration specialist, he will use industrial-strength equipment such as pumps, dehumidifiers, and box fans. On the other hand, if you opt to do it all by yourself, you have to purchase a portable utility pump that can cost $70-$250. Additionally, you have to part with another $50-$100 for purchasing a large diameter discharge hose that you will use in directing the water out of the basement. You will also need dehumidifiers which costs on average $200-$300 for a typical residential version while a large capacity model cost can be $800-$1,200.
- If the floods destroyed the heating system, most insurance companies require a proof that you hired the services of a professional before using it again. The cost of cleaning is $50-$150 or more, depending on local rates.
- You can also decide to prevent future flooding by installing a sump pump in your basement. The cost of a sump pump start around $100-$300, but professional sump pump costs $2,000-$6,000.
- You might be forced to seek a temporary lodging as you fix your home, though this might be covered by homeowner insurance.
In case of an emergency, you can consult your local fire departments since they can offer assistance in pumping out the water. They can also offer you portable pumps on loan. This will reduce the total costs.