If your vehicle was partially submerged in floodwater, follow our checklist for assessing flood damage afterwards. If floodwaters partially or fully submerge your car, it can mean extensive damage and costly repairs. Here’s what to do after the waters recede.
1. Do Not Start the Vehicle: Before going out to inspect your car ensure that the area is safe and that the water has drained from the street or area that was flooded. When you go out to inspect the level of water damage to the car it’s important that you don’t turn your car on. If water has reached the engine, turning the car could damage the car beyond repair.Turning the key when water is in the engine could cause further damage, rendering your car unusable.
2. Call Your Insurance Company(if any): Call your insurance provider if any, explain the extent of the damage and see what they will cover, your insurance company will explain the next thing to do. But if your car is not under insurance company or you wish to move on without insurance company follow this step
3. Start Cleaning: The longer your car stays submerged in water, especially if it’s salt water, the higher the chances of corrosion. As soon as the storm has cleared and it’s safe to go outside, go to your car and begin the drying process. .
4. Check the Oil and the Air Cleaner: You can assess much of the damage your car has suffered by looking under the hood. Check the oil level first for signs of engine damage. Water droplets on the dipstick indicate a potential problem. If you see this, don’t try to start the car. The droplets mean that water may have gotten into your engine. If you turn the key, the cylinders – which are built to handle air, not water – will break. Instead, have it towed to a mechanic who can remove the water from the engine. The fuel tank will need to be emptied completely.
5. Dry Out the Interior: Drying the interior quickly will help prevent mold. Open the car’s doors and windows to air it out, and get a towel to mop up the water in the cabin. Dry the remaining fluid on the carpet and upholstery with a wet/dry vacuum. If possible, bring the seats and cushions outside to dry. Fans and dehumidifiers can help speed the process
6. Check All Other Fluids
7. Check All Electrical Systems
8. Check Around the Wheels and Tires
9. If in Doubt, call professional vehicle service centre
One of the most important things is to remain calm in this situation. Follow these steps and act proactively. Don’t automatically assume that all is lost, but we do recommend that you have a professional take a look at the car just in case!