If the vehicle is caught in flood waters, it should be abandoned, with the driver and occupants seeking a safe location.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) August 24, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to vehicle owners on preventing flood damage to their vehicles, as well as the proper procedures to follow if flood damage has already occurred. As severe weather season reaches its peak for 2013, the chances of flooding increase dramatically.
The easiest method for preventing flood damage is to keep cars and trucks parked in areas of higher elevation. In the event of severe weather, vehicles should be moved to higher locations as soon as possible.
If the vehicle is caught in flood waters, it should be abandoned, with the driver and occupants seeking a safe location. It is never a good idea to remain on top of a vehicle, since they can be easily swept away once the water depth reaches a level of about two feet.
If possible, the damage to the vehicle should be recorded through photographs or video for the purposes of insurance claims.
If a vehicle has been partially submerged in flood waters, it is advisable to wait until the waters recede before any inspection of the vehicle is made. The engine should not be engaged, as this may cause damage, or further damage to the engine mechanism. Instead, the vehicle should be towed to a professional car repair shop where the engine may be inspected for signs of damage. A cracked engine block is serious and will require replacement of the engine.
Flood damage will impact the trade in and resale value of any vehicle. Average depreciation is about 10% per year, however flood damage will increase this to about 20% per year. In most cases, the best scenario would be to trade the vehicle in for whatever trade in value it possesses, and purchasing a new vehicle with a clean history. The trade in may be sold as a salvage title, flood damaged, or for parts.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.