If a car has been damaged by water, it is important to call the insurance company, but it is even more important to take the necessary steps to dry the vehicle and minimize the damage
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) May 28, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration service in the country, is offering tips to consumers on how to clean up a vehicle that has been damaged by water. Cars and trucks are prone to water damage, whether it be a window that was left open during a rainstorm or the whole vehicle being caught in rising flood waters, the damage left can often be considerable, and care should be taken when cleaning the vehicle in order to restore it to its’ pre-loss condition and keep it in proper working order.
If a car has been damaged by water, it is important to call the insurance company, but it is even more important to take the necessary steps to dry the vehicle and minimize the damage. Some insurance providers base their claims on the steps taken to keep the damage in check.
It is important to remember that once the water damage is done, mold and corrosion are already setting in. The vehicle should not be started during this time, since water in the engine, transmission, or fuel lines could cause additional damage. Instead, disconnect the battery ground strap to avoid electrical issues, and then as much water, mud, and silt as possible should be removed from the vehicle.
In cases of flooding there will almost always be a water line present, indicating exactly how high the water got and how much of the vehicle was affected. If the water line is located anywhere on the dashboard, then the car is probably a total loss, especially if the water is salt water.
In most cases the interior and mechanical systems may be dried out with no ill effects at all, however electrical systems are becoming increasingly complex, relying on low voltage signals from engine mounted sensors and ABS. These signals are extremely susceptible to corrosion found on the connectors, and may cause problems that simply cannot be fixed.
Water inside doors and taillights will have to be dried out, and oil and transmission dipsticks checked for signs of water. If water droplets are present in either place, then drop the oil pan or flush out the transmission fluid in order to remove water, mud, or silt.
Some cars with this sort of damage may still be sold through dealerships. Buyers should look into the background of any potential purchase and make sure there are no salvage titles on the vehicles, as that is a clear sign of previous damage.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration in the country, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.