After determining the source of water damage the next step is addressing it. This may involve the removal of affected building material or pipe. This is necessary to assure a healthy environment and an attractive property. Presence of water can lead to a mold contamination which is a health risk to people and therefore must be treated.

It is necessary to note that the cost of restoring water damage in a home depends on various factors like getting rid of the moisture source, how hard it is to clean and remove material, the extent to which the water has caused the damage, how many materials are affected, the labor rate, and how the home is constructed. In this article, we will focus on the cost of restoring water damage that occurs at various spots in our homes.

## 1) Removing the damaged material

When restoring water damage on ceilings, walls or floors you will incur the cost of removing the damaged material and also repairing the leaking roof or pipe. There will be an additional cost for the disposal of the damaged material and its replacement. For working purposes, we will focus on 360 sq.ft unit of a wall ceiling or floor. The total cost for removing all damaged material for disposal and fixtures for re-use or prepare waste for dump transport will be $0.25$ per sq.ft. Therefore, the total cost will be 91$.

## 2) Replacing ceilings and walls

The next step will involve replacing the damaged ceiling and walls. We will work with 280 sq.ft. The cost of replacing it all with 1/2″ water resistant sheetrock ready for paint including waste will be $1.03 per sq.ft. This will give a total of $332 for an area of 322sq. ft.

## 3) Painting

After replacing the damaged material with a new one desires to offer it a new look through painting. This will be another cost and we will still work with a 280 sq.ft unit. The cost for buying latex antimicrobial paint, the primer coat and finish coat enough for this unit including waste will be $0.22 per sq.ft. Working with 322 sq.ft the total cost will be $70.

## 4) Replacing floor and fixtures

When replacing the floor with an 80 sq.ft. Vinyl tile flooring and plywood subfloor or re-installing 1 lavatory and 1 toilet in the cabinet the cost will be $2.76 per sq.ft. For 92 sq.ft, the total will be $254.

## 5) Disposal

The cost for disposing 3 cubic yards to the dump including transport and fees will be $45 per cubic yard and therefore the total cost will be $135.

## 6) Others

Fees and Material Cost for 80 sq.ft will be $11.03 per sq.ft and therefore the total will be $882. One will also incur costs for labor for cleaning and removal at $28 per hour for 8 hours which will add up to $224. The next cost will be for labor cost for sheetrock and flooring at $32 per hour for 18 hours at a total of $576. The cost of labor used for painting will be $32 per hour for 6 hours, which will give a total cost of $192. Summing the total cost used for the others you will get $1,874 per 80 sq.ft.