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How Much Does Emergency Water Removal Cost?


On average, emergency water removal costs $3.39 to $3.94 per square foot. This covers the cost of removing unwanted clean or gray water from your home.

It does not include sewage cleanup or water damage restoration and repair.
Estimated Emergency Water Removal Prices
Atlanta, GA$3.11 - $3.59 per sq. ft.
Boston, MA$4.31 - $4.97 per sq. ft.
Detroit, MI$3.23 - $3.73 per sq. ft.
El Paso, TX$2.94 - $3.39 per sq. ft.
Fort Lauderdale, FL$3.76 - $4.34 per sq. ft.
Kansas City, MO$3.18 - $3.67 per sq. ft.
Los Angeles, CA$4.44 - $5.12 per sq. ft.
Portland, OR$3.62 - $4.17 per sq. ft.
Richmond, VA$3.40 - $3.92 per sq. ft.
Sioux Falls, SD$3.06 - $3.53 per sq. ft.
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Factors that affect the price of water removal:

1. Type of water

Category 1: Clean Water
This is your normal household water from a burst pipe or rain water. Clean water poses no threat to human health.

Category 2: Gray Water
This is a step more dangerous than Category 1. Gray water comes from appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers, and may contain harmful chemicals. Contractors usually charge for more gray water removal than clean water removal.

Category 3: Black Water
Black water is typically sewage or contaminated water. It is hazardous to humans and it is the most difficulty to to clean up. It will take more time to properly disinfect and sanitize the affected area. Black water removal may cost twice as much as clean water removal.

2. Amount of water

A major variable in your price is the volume of water – both the depth of the water and the surface area affected. Contractors often price water removal jobs by the square foot.

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3. Length of time before removal Water removal can become more difficult if the water has been standing for some time. There may be structural issues associated with removing the water, making the situation more complex. You may also have to deal with other human health hazards, like mold growth.

4. Related damages

We've only provided information on the average cost range for water removal services. Once the water is removed, you may have a considerable amount of water damage that requires restoration and repair. In most cases, the two services can be completed by the same contractor. The cost of water damage repair varies widely depending on the type of water, presence of mold, and the quality of the building materials that were damaged (flooring, fixtures, etc.).

5. Labor cost in your area

While most contractors charge per square feet, some do charge hourly. Contractor rates may vary between different geographical locations. Contact Water Removal Contractors in your area today for estimates, and don’t delay – it is important to act as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.

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