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Summer is the perfect time for a vacation. However, while you are away from your home there is a number of problems which could occur.

While nobody wants to think about a flood affecting their home, the reality is that a leaking faucet or a burst pipe can happen anywhere and at any time, leaving your property with severe water damage.

How to React When Returning Home to Water Damage or a Flood

Buffalo Builders, Inc knows a thing or two about restoring a property after water damage and has some information below on what to do if this happens to you.

Safety First!

The first item on any checklist should be safety, and this one is no exception!

If you return home after your vacation to find that flooding or water damage has occurred, the first thing you will want to do is to run inside your property and immediately stop the leak. However, this isn’t a good idea.

Why not? Because there is a range of potential dangers which could cause you serious injury.

Instead, the first thing which you should do is make your way to your mains and shut them all off. All of them! This means water, gas, and electricity, just to keep everything as safe as possible.

Once the Mains Have Been Switched Off

With your mains turned off, before you step inside, give the area a visual assessment, keeping an eye out for the following:

  • There will obviously be water on the floor, so make sure that there aren’t any dangers, like anything which you would trip or fall on.
  • Any sockets which have come into contact with water.
  • Large furniture items which may be in danger of falling or have lost their footing/attachment to the wall.
  • Look up to your ceiling. If you can see any bowing or water dripping through then there is a serious danger of your ceiling collapsing while you are making your way through.

Call a Professional

If you are in the unfortunate position of returning home to a flood of water damage, remember that its remediation isn’t a DIY job. Speak with a professional immediately at Buffalo Builders, Inc by calling 866 801 8100 and arrange immediate attendance and assessment. Their trained professionals can tell you just how bad the damage is and how they can get your property back to normal quickly and safely.

Once the Area Is Safe to Enter

Once you are confident that the area is free of dangers, carefully make your way into your home to investigate the cause of the damage. The best places to look first are:

  • Any faucets which were causing you some trouble prior to leaving for your vacation. These often occur in your kitchen most prominently and are usually put-off until they absolutely need to be repaired.
  • If you have a toilet which hasn’t been working properly, perhaps it has been filling up slowly or not at all, this is a likely culprit.
  • Your laundry is next, with cracked or loose pipes being in the perfect position to cause serious water damage in your home.

Once you have checked these items, take a careful tour of your home listening out for any dripping or hissing noises.

Get Your Items Out

Once you have found the cause of the problem or you haven’t been able to after checking everything, wait for the professionals to arrive and remove as many items as possible in the meantime.

  • If you have any precious items, carefully remove these next.
  • The best place to start is with any furniture which is likely to be absorbing water, such as sofas or dining furniture.
  • Any plush items such as cushions are good items to remove as they can often soak up water and lead to mold growth.
As you remove each item, place it on your front or backyard in direct sunlight with as much exposure to free-flowing air as possible. This is the best way to minimize any damage caused and to prevent mold from growing.

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It’s important to remember that water damage or flooding isn’t the end of the world, you just have to know what to do and who to call. Be sure to keep the number for Buffalo Builders, Inc, which is 866 801 8100, in a place where you can easily access it. You can rest assured that the professionals from Buffalo Builders, Inc will utilize their extensive experience and professional grade equipment to return your home to its normal state quickly and safely.