1-800-Water Damage


1-800-WATER DAMAGE ™ is a low overhead, recession proof, and simple to operate water damage restoration franchise. When water damage occurs, we use modern technology and equipment to dry customers' homes or businesses in just a matter of days.

The majority of jobs we perform are emergency service and most often are paid for by the insurance industry. Insurance companies prefer to professionally dry out a water damage related mess and avoid future mold mitigation, then to deal with expensive rip out or a job poorly done. This and other factors make this a truly recession resistant business, which is certainly an important consideration when choosing your new business in today's economy!

Investment Highlights:

  • Sustainable business with insurance companies paying the majority of our invoices
  • Name easy to recall and nationally recognized with branded number and web site
  • B2B sales and marketing with recurring revenue channels - contractors, insurance professionals and property managers
  • Build equity fast with large exclusive territory and a high percentage of recurring revenue
  • Scalable opportunity with initial franchise territories for one or two van set-ups
  • Low total initial investment with home-based owner operator option
  • Get started with 1-2 employees with technicians doing the heavy work
  • Achieve breakeven fast with high gross margin, low fixed overhead and median job revenue of $3,011
  • Franchising since 2002 with more than 68 franchises in 22 states

When do People Call 1-800-Water Damage: - 1-800 WATER DAMAGE is the number to call whenever a house, apartment complex, condo, hotel or office building has any type of wet mess.  All sorts of every day problems create a water damage emergency—frozen or broken pipes spew water everywhere; washer or dish washer pumps water to the wrong place; water heater breaks; water supply lines to refrigerator or other appliances fail; toilet overflows; septic tank back fills; ceiling sprinkler system activates; water floods in from an outside source; and countless other incidents where the number to call is 1-800-WATER DAMAGE.  In fact, a huge proportion of insurance claims involve water damage!


Year Established: 1998
Year First Franchised: 2002
Franchised Units: 50-100
Actual number of units: 68
Company Owned Units: 1
Projected New Units (12 months): 12

States referrals are accepted in:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Avail. in Canada: Masters/Area Developer: Yes


Seeking strong candidates in Canada for single unit, multiple unit, or master. Experience in contracting, insurance or property management industries a big plus.


Financial / Terms

Cash Investment: $60,000
Minimum Investment: $105,000
Minimum Net Worth: $200,000
Franchise Fee: $40,000


  • Vet Fran

Royalty: 7% - 10%
Ad: 0% collected
Average # of Employees: 2-3
Passive Ownership Allowed:
Earnings Claims: Yes


Franchise Sales

Single Unit: Yes
Multiple Units: Yes
Area/Master Developer: No
Resales: No


International Expansion

International Expansion
Opportunities: Yes
Developing outside of the U.S.: Canada
Single Unit Availability Outside
U.S.: Yes
Multiple Unit Availability Outside
U.S.: Yes
Area Development or Master Avail.: Yes
Cash Investment: Inquire with Corporate
Total Investment: Inquire with Corporate


Seeking strong candidates in
Canada for single unit, multiple unit, or master. Experience in contracting, insurance or property management industries a big plus.


Support & Training Provided

Financial Assistance Provided: Yes
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Co-operative Advertising: No

It all starts with two weeks of comprehensive training at our national training and support center in Seattle, Washington, followed by nearly one week of local market training in the franchise territory. The first week is dedicated to technical training where new partners get certified in water damage restoration (WRT & ASD). The second week is dedicated to business training with some in-field practice. Franchise partners receive personalized training and hands-on experience in each business skill area - sales and marketing, administration, and technical. Our operations manual, support webinars, and active coaching programs keep franchise partners on track and focused.

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Freddy O'Pry

Franchise Development