The natural disasters of Houston and Florida are still fresh in the minds of most Americans. Aside from losing their homes, many people also lost their cars to flood damage. The Pacific Northwest is also prone to heavy floods at times. We’ll explain the process for how to dry a flooded car.
Driving in waist-deep water can cause major damage to the vehicle. Our auto service recommends that car owners implement these steps as soon as the flood clears:
Dry the Cabin
Open the doors, hood, and trunk to give the interior and the components some air. Remove everything that is not bolted. This includes the floormats, seat covers, etc. Such accessories are all susceptible to mold growth, so give them as much open air as possible.
Disconnect the Battery
Disconnect the battery and check for blown fuses. Please exercise caution here. Only tinker with the battery once the car has dried.
Don’t Start the Car
Bring your vehicle to an auto repair service. However, we recommend arranging for a tow truck to take the car to the shop. Water may still be in the system, and starting the ignition will send more water to the engine.
Use a Wet Vacuum
A wet vacuum’s motor is separated from the dust bag, allowing it to safely suck up debris and water. You can rent a wet vacuum at your local Home Depot.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
Snap photos of the car and take close-up shots of areas with clear damage. Documenting the damage helps with processing your claim.
Tow your car to Bothell Way Garage if it incurs flood damage. We thoroughly assess all types of vehicles from foreign to classic car models. Drying a flooded car is absolutely essential for preventing hidden damages.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Customers in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Brier,
Kingsgate, Lake Forest Park and Juanita