In the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, many in and around Houston have found themselves with flooded vehicles and no idea what to do. If you weren’t able to move your car in time and it flooded we are here to provide you with a step by step guide on what to do if your car floods and the best methods to try and reverse the damage.
1. INSPECT THE LEVEL OF DAMAGE WITHOUT TURNING THE CAR ON
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.
2. DRAIN THE CAR OF WATER
Use buckets, a wet vac, and other tools to get the water out your vehicle. Be sure to clean out any mud that entered the car and lay down towels to help soak up the remaining water. Remove the mats and lay them out to dry.
3. CHECK THE OIL DIPSTICK AND THE AIR FILTER
If you see water droplets that’s a good sign that there is water in engine.
4. CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
Once you’ve started the process of drying your car you need to call your insurance provider. Explain the extent of the damage and see what they will cover.
5. HAVE YOUR CAR TOWED AND INSPECTED BY A PROFESSIONAL
Before starting your engine have your car towed to a mechanic so that they can check and engine and assess any damage that you may not be able to see from the outside of the vehicle.
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!