After a flood, you need to carefully consider what course of action you will take to repair your home. Obviously, standing water needs to be extracted, but you need to determine if it is more cost effective to remove and replace water damaged drywall, cabinetry, flooring, or baseboards, rather than paying a dry out company to TRY and save them.
Companies that specialize in structural drying can charge very high rates for the daily use of their drying equipment and labor, costs could add up to be far more than the value of the structural items they intend to try and save.
Get a firm estimate of any drying costs and a comprehensive scope of work BEFORE you authorize your home to be dried out. Keep in mind that unless you have flood insurance, most insurance companies MAY NOT pay for damages that result from tidal surges, ground water seepage, river flooding, or surface water that enters a home. That means if you do not have flood insurance, the costs to dry out your home will be an out-of-pocket expense.
In situations where mold has become an issue or where contaminated flood waters has damaged things like drywall, flooring, or other elements, you may find that tearing out and replacing the affected items can be more cost effective and a better method of restoration than spending money on drying, when you may have to replace the items anyway.
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