phone number 513-874-3995 859-441-3995 937-610-3959
phone number Cincinnati: 513-874-3995 Kentucky: 859-441-3995 Dayton: 937-610-3959
Clarke Damage Restoration
25 Years of Service
Servicing Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Surrounding Areas.

Click here for complete county and city service locations.

Water Damage Restoration Professionals

Water Damage Repair

Fast Water Damage Restoration Services

Fast, professional help for roof leaks, flooded basements, pipe bursts, sewage and septic clean-ups and other water disasters. We are the premier water damage restoration professionals!

Water damage and flooding events can strike your home or business without warning. Whether a flash flood turned your basement into an indoor pool or a bathroom pipe burst, the experts at Clarke Contractors are standing by to restore your home or business to pre-flood condition.

Guaranteed Work

Because mold can develop in as little as 48 hours and water damage leads to warping, swelling, cracking and toxic odor, every second counts when it comes to treatment. As the largest property damage restorers in the Cincinnati and Tri-State area, Clarke is well equipped to remove 100% of water, minimize further damage, reduce overall costs, and restore your property and belongings.

If urgent, call 888-823-0907 and request immediate 24/7 service and we will dispatch a water emergency team. If you need a water damage repair that is not urgent, contact us and we'll schedule a free evaluation and estimate. Our service area covers 9 counties across Ohio and Kentucky.

Get a quote

Send Message

How can we help?

Water Damage Restoration Services

Water Damage from Leaky Pipes
Leaky Pipe / Pipe Burst

A common cause of home or business water damage, a leaky pipe or a pipe burst can potentially cause a lot of damage. Particully if the leak or burst is behind a wall, ceiling or floor where that water can do damage without being imediately apparent.

Get Service
Water Damage from Flooded Basement
Flooded Basement

Basements add extra living or storage space but can be a risk for flooding, and ultimately a risk for water damage. A faulty sump pump or crack in a foundation are often causes for a basement taking on water. Water issues need to be resolved quickly to prevent extensive property damage and mold contamination.

Get Service
Water Damage from Malfunctioning Appliances
Appliance Malfunction

Appliance malfunctions are the most common cause of water damage with washing machines #1 and water heaters coming in at #2. Loose or broken hoses or connectors in refrigerator water dispensers are also a culprit for causing water damage.

Get Service
Bathroom Water Damage
Bathtubs / Toilets

Bathtub and Toilet overflows and flooding are messy and a potential health hazard. Not only do we dry and remove the mess, we also clean, sanitize and deodorize the affected area. A sewage backup is considered a level 3 water loss.

Get Service
Water Damage from Storms and Heavy Rains
Weather / Storm

Flood, wind or lightning damage is a common occurrence for the midwest. When it happens you need a quick response to minimize loss. We have the resources and expertise to not only clean and repair, but also respond quickly.

Get Service
Mold Problems from Water Damage
Mold / Mildew

Mold removal is serious business and can also be dangerous. Mold infestations typically creep up after water damage, like a basement or bathroom flooding or a leaky roof. Mold can also be present in HVAC systems!

Get Service

Why Choose Clarke Contractors?

We Are Restoration Experts!


We Have the Expertise
We have been in business 25+ Years! Clarke Contractors is the largest full-service restoration contractor in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Tri-State area.

Water Damage Resources

We Have the Resources
We have the equipment, certified professional staff and technical know-how to not only get the job done right but also exceed your expectations.

Fast Response

We Respond... FAST!
Our emergency services are available 24/7 and we move fast. We’ve seen the worst and can handle the call any time of night or day.

Workmanship Warranty

Satisfaction Guaranteed
We guarantee workmanship with a one year warranty. From the first phone call to the final walk-through, we put customer satisfaction first.

Learn More About Clarke Contractors Inc.

Water Damage Restoration Process

Water Damage Response

Call for Water Emergency

If a water emergency, call Clarke Contractors as soon as you can to avoid extended damage and costly repairs. Our team is on stand-by 24/7. For non-emergencies, use our form to request a water damage evaluation.

Water Damage

Water Damage Evaluation

We offer free estimates and inspections for your water damage events. Use our contact form or call to schedule a water damage evaluation today. For emergencies call us any hour 24/7 365 days a year.

Water Removal

Water Removal / Dry-Out

We remove the water, dry and disinfect property flooring and structures to prevent further damage and mold growth.

Certified Restoration Professionals
Water Restoration

Restore / Remodel

We offer professional remodelers services! We can restore the affected area back to or even better than pre-existing condition.

Top Cincinnati Remodeler

Emergency Water Damage Services

You never thought a water disaster could happen to your home or business, we understand. That’s why when you call Clarke Contractors and speak to our expert team of water damage specialists, take a deep breath — and know we got this.

We'll immediately lead you through a series of questions to better identify the urgency and scope of the issue, match up certified professionals for emergency repairs, and begin the cleaning process ASAP.

Please note that as soon as a water damage event happens, time is of the essence. So every second counts when you call Clark Contractors for emergency water damage services. Our 24/7 response teams are ready to respond!

We have been leading the industry for over 25 years in damage restoration. Know that there is no one better at getting your home or business back to normal than Clarke Contractors.

Water Damage Response Truck.

Getting a Water Damage Evaluation - What to Expect

Call for a water emergency.

Check the source: Has the water stopped flowing? We need to make sure that the source of the water has been resolved and repaired to prevent further damage.

Determine the type of water: Clarke Contractors will determine the category of water on your property so it can be mitigated safely. There are three types of categories and classifications for different levels of contamination: Category 1, 2, or 3. Determining the category will have a direct effect on the restoration process.

Survey and inspect the extent of the water damage: Before we start working on your property, we will need to determine the extent and severity of the damage. Based on what we find, we'll determine what equipment and resources will be needed. We'll document this information and any additional requests or needed repairs.

Water Removal and Dry Out

Clarke Contractors is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for water extraction and flood clean up. We'll use powerful pumps and truck mounted vacuum units that can quickly remove water from your property. This is done without harming any traditional floors, carpets, or decorations within the damaged area.

After a thorough water extraction process, Clarke Contractors will start the drying process as soon as possible to help prevent mold as well as structural damage.

This is accomplished using industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to get moisture out of all materials and structures. Moisture meters are then used to check and assure all is dry (even behind walls) before equipment is removed.

Drying equipment for water emergencies.

Restore and Remodel Services

Home and business remodeling.

Our goal is to help you restore your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition or better by installing new carpet, drywall patches, and any other repair work.

We'll work closely with you at each step so that we can achieve a result you're proud of. We offer a full range of restoration services including structural rebuilding and wall reconstruction services as well.

Restoration Providers You Can Count On

Clarke Contractors are the Water Damage Restoration providers that you can count on. We have over 20+ years of experience dealing with water damage emergencies and when disaster strikes we will be here for you.

  • We can help you and your family get back to life as normal.
  • We're the most trusted name in water damage restoration.
  • You'll be able to sleep better at night knowing we have everything under control.
  • You'll feel relieved when you see how quickly we work on restoring your home or business.
Call Clarke Contractors for Water Damage Restoration Services.
Cincinnati Top Remodeler

Learn More.

Cincinnati Best Water Damage Restoration Company

Best in
Learn More.

BBB Logo

Learn More.

BBB Torch Winner

Business Ethics Winner
Learn More.

Readers Choice Award

Voted Best Remodeler
Learn More.

Water Damage FAQs

How much does it cost to restore water damage?

According to Thumbtack, the national average in 2021 is around $2,400 - The homeowner's share of the cost will vary depending on a number of factors, including homeowner’s insurance coverage and others. Factors considered by a contractor to determine the final bill include nature and extent of the damage, type of materials affected, work that needs to be done for example ripping up carpets or replacing drywall as well as hours spent.

Water damage restoration cost.

Does Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Most homeowners insurance policies will help cover water damage. There are exceptions. For example if your damage is caused by an ongoing mainteance issue or if the damage is the result of a water backup from an outside sewer or drain. Separate flood insurance is required to make a claim for floods from water surges originating from rivers, ponds, lakes or oceans.

It's always best to confirm with your agent what is and what isn't covered before a water event happens. Asking questions like "Is my basement covered for water damage if my sump pump fails?" will help clarify if additional insurance is necessary or if covered through traditional homeowners.

Water insurance claim

What is Black Water, Water Damage?

One of the most dangerous losses that can occur at your home is a raw sewage back-up. Unlike small fires, wind damage or clean water floods, most of the damage can be cleaned or repaired on these types of losses. With raw sewage or what the standards call category 3 water loss, nothing can be saved.

Raw sewage is mainly gray or black water. It usually contains the organic waste and wastewater produced by household and industrial sources. Sewage typically contains everything from soap to solid waste, human excrement and debris. It is discharged by drains and sewer lines.

The IICRC S500 (Standard) defines category 3 loss as follows...

Category 3 water is referred to as “Black Water”. Black water contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary. Black water includes sewage and other contaminated water sources entering or affecting the indoor environment.

There are millions of different types of bacteria in sewage that include, but not limited to E coli, gastroenteritis and cryptosporidiosis. Most of those affected suffer stomach cramps and diarrhea, but untreated sewage can also spread horrible diseases such as cholera and hepatitis. Studies have indicated that one million people a year become ill as a direct result of sewer related problems.

Black water loss

Pipe Burst? Here's what to do...

A pipe bursts or leaky hose can be tricky because they can happen in an unseen areas like behind a wall or in a cabinet or ceiling. When you do notice the damage you will need to act fast to prevent extensive damage to your property. A fast response to a burst pipe can save additional costs to restore your home or business back to its original condition.

Here are steps to take for a pipe burst:

  1. Turn off electricity, or call an electrician to turn off electric if needed
  2. Turn off the water source
  3. Salvage property contents if possible and move to dry area
  4. Call a damage restoration company to remove any standing water and dryout and sanitize effected area before mold or mildew grows
  5. Document all structual and content damage for insurance reference
  6. Repair and Restore any damaged structures
Pipe Burst

Basement Flood? Here's what to do...

Heavy rain, a pipe burst or faulty appliance can quickly turn your basement into wet mess. It is important to act quickly to find the source of the water and if possible, stop the flooding. Try to clean and dry what you can to protect structures and content from water damage and potential mold growth.

Top 3 Must-Dos for a Flooded Basement

  1. Contact a Water Damage Specialist - Some water removal and restoration companies (like Clarke Contractors) will not only remove the water, clean, dry and sanitize the area but can likely also repair what caused the flood or leak. Find a restoration business with a good reputation and fast response time.
  2. Call Your Insurance - Review your responsibilities under your policy for preventing additional damage.
  3. Document / Take Pictures - It's a good idea to take pictures and document the damage for insurance purposes.
  4. Wait for Help - When the restoration company arrives they will evaluate and determine equipment needed to begin the restoration process. The equipment may include water extractors, air movers and dehumidifiers. The process typically involves water removal, dry-out, cleaning and disinfecting, then repair and restoring to before damaged condition.
Basement Flooded

Mold After Water Damage - What to Look For

In the restoration business, one of the most common concerns encountered after water damage is the growth of mold. There are many different causes and warning signs that may help you identify without giving out the slightest of clues to their presence until they are well established. The more times they get to develop and grow, the bigger the problem becomes to both your personal heath and your property.

It is important to be able to identify and remove molds as soon as possible. Here are some warning signs you should know and be alert for.

Mold Triggers and Indicators:

  1. Humidity - Humidity is the prime factor for mold growth. It is recommended to keep humidity within the 30% to 50% range. Humidity above 60% creates the right conditions for molds to settle down and grow.
  2. Water Leaks - Leaks pertaining to roofs, pipes, rainwater pipes, plumbing systems, or small cracks on walls, windows or doors that let water penetrate in are dangerous. Mold needs moisture in order to grow and thrive. Many mold problems originate as a result of some kind of water intrusion, especially those that are not resolved quickly. If such leaks exist in your home, molds and mildews have probably already entered. Therefore as soon as you detect a leak, have it repaired.
  3. Damp Carpet - If your carpets, small or wall to wall, get wet somehow, you will need to take immediate action to get them dried. Spills, leaks, or pets can make your carpet wet. If you generally leave carpets to dry naturally, chances are good that mold has grown on the other side of the carpet. There are professional cleaning products that can clean carpets and prevent mold contamination.
  4. Stains - If you are noticing ugly spots around the kitchen sink, bathroom walls, bathtub and other areas in your house, chances are high that you have mold. Yellowish stains on walls and ceilings are a sign of excessive moisture. Molds are microscopic, but when mold forms colonies, they appear as ugly spots on the surface and may have a greenish, brownish or blackish discoloration to them. Prominent specks on the walls mean molds are in evidence and you may need to get a professional to inspect to find out other places in your house of contamination.
  5. Flooding - Mold infestation is very common after a flood. If the ground floor and basement of any building remains under water for a long period of time, it will take a long time for that area to dry out entirely, even when the water is drained or removed from the area. You need to be careful and start having the damaged area treated, even when there is no sign of mold infestation.
  6. Musty Odor - A musty odor is the most concrete proof of mold contamination. Molds produce VOC, Volatile Organic Compounds, which are responsible for the smell. When molds infect items, the objectionable smell alerts you about mold infestation. Musty odor is often the first indication of mold growth that you will actually observe. Mold removal and mitigation should help get rid of the offending odor.
  7. While mold growth can cause damage to your property and health, it is a problem that can be recognized and corrected. Depending on the extent of the mold growth and locations of infiltration, fixing the problem can be as simple as a mild treatment to the areas or the removal and replacement of the affected areas. Clarke Contractors is a certified mold mitigation company.

Mold after water damage

What is Ice Damming?

In colder months, ice damming is a common cause of cause water damage to walls, ceilings and insulation. Ice dams are formed when the heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking in the winter. This heat, along with the heat from the sun, can melt the snow on the roof. This melting snow then runs down to the eaves, where there is no attic heat, and refreezes. The continual thaw and refreeze process creates ice dams at the edges of the roof and into the gutters. The result is water backing up under the roof shingles or behind the fascia boards where it soaks through the roof decking or wall sheathing causing water damage to attics, ceilings and walls.

Ice Dam Example

How to Prevent Ice Damming

There are three ways to defend against ice dams: insulation, ventilation and water proofing shingle underlayment. Each of the above will work together to keep ice damming and the damage it creates in check.

  1. Insulation keeps heat from escaping from your homes living space into your attic. Insulation levels are recommended by the geographic zone you may live in and are measured in R-values. R-value is the resistance to heat flow of a material. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. If your home was built before 1980, chances are it needs more insulation or R-value to meet today’s standards.
  2. Ventilation removes the heat from your attic and helps keep the roof deck evenly cool to help prevent snow from melting on the roof. It is important to have ventilation in the attic so any heat lost from the interior of the home is drawn up and out of the attic. A properly designed ventilation system will have both intake vents in the soffits or eaves at the lower portion of the attic, as well as exhaust ventilation, such as ridge vents or turtle vents, at the high portions of the attic.
  3. Waterproofing shingle underlayment, or ice shield, is laid across the roof before roof shingles are installed. This ice shield will prevent leaks from dams that do form on the roof. With existing roofs, waterproofing shingle underlayment is only an option if you are removing the existing shingles and installing new ones.
Ice Damming
Water Damage Icon

Related Blog Posts

Spring Brings Heavy Rains and Flooded Basements

Mon, 27 Mar 2023

Spring is typically the soggiest of 4 seasons across the country and for Cincinnati, it’s no different.  Water damage restoration… Read more.

Basement Water Disaster Turned Awesome Mancave

Mon, 30 Jan 2023

Many have experienced the dread of a busted water heater or a failed sump pump or some other mishap that… Read more.

How to Manage Frozen Pipes, Ruptured Pipes, and Water Damage

Wed, 11 Jan 2023

Winter can bring a lot of problems for many homeowners. Not only will you need to contend with the snow… Read more.

Ignoring Clogged Gutters? Bad Idea!

Fri, 02 Dec 2022

Gutters can become clogged due to a variety of reasons, including debris build-up, leaves and other plant material, and dirt… Read more.

There’s Water in my Finished Basement!

Fri, 16 Sep 2022

A flooded basement is always an unwanted disaster. If the basement has been finished into a living area in your… Read more.