Water Damage Restoration Costs

Restoration of water damage by removal of affected building material may be necessary to assure a healthy environment and an attractive property. Water presence can lead to a mold contamination health risk for persons and must be treated accordingly.

You will find that the cost to restore water damage in an average home depends upon eliminating the source of moisture, the extent of damage, the amount of affected material, the difficulty of material cleaning or removal, the construction details of the home, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figures are what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Water damage restoration: bathroom of 80 sq.ft. for complete restoration; remove and dispose of all damaged drywall on ceiling and walls and strip vinyl floor to underlayment; replace sub-flooring, deluxe vinyl flooring, drywall, and paint.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Remove ceiling, walls, flooring material, and fixtures: 360 sq.ft.; remove all damaged material for disposal and fixtures to re-use; prepare waste for dump transport.$0.25per sq.ft.360$91
Replace ceiling and walls: 280 sq.ft.; replace all with 1/2" water resistant sheetrock ready for paint; including waste.$1.03per sq.ft.322$332
Paint: 280 sq.ft.; latex antimicrobial paint; primer coat and finish coat; including waste.$0.22per sq.ft.322$70
Replace flooring and fixtures:  80 sq.ft. plywood subfloor and vinyl tile flooring, re-install 1 toilet and 1 lavatory in cabinet.$2.76per sq.ft.92$254
Disposal: 3 cubic yards to the dump; transport and fees.$45per CY3$135
Fees and Material Cost$11.03per sq.ft.80$882
+ Labor Cost (removal and cleaning)$28per hour8$224
+ Labor Cost (sheetrock + flooring)$32per hour18$576
+ Labor Cost (painting)$32per hour6$192
Total Cost$23.43per sq.ft.80$1,874

Other considerations and costs

  • These costs do not include any special measures regarding hazard containment, ventilation, or disposal. If necessary, those items will increase cost accordingly.
  • The moisture problem must be corrected to prevent recurrence. 
  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • The work area must be free of all objects including furniture, rugs, and etcetera.

DIY considerations

  • This activity requires no professional certification and may be suitable for DIY.
  • Flooring and sheetrock installation may not be DIY suitable.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

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