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Step-by-Step Guide: What to Do If Your Car Gets Flooded in The Rain

If you’re living in Dubai, you may have never worried about rain. The rain gods have been a little partial towards the gulf region, especially Dubai. Sand storms are common here. But a rainstorm is hardly experienced. Though it hardly rains in Dubai. Car lovers particularly would be happy about not facing any rain storms while driving. However, normal rain makes everyone happy. But when a few drops, turn into a storm that is definitely a nightmare for Dubai residents. Especially when you own a few classy luxury cars and often enjoy car driving and off roading exploring captivating Dubai places. 

A city like Dubai with world class tourism & captivating modern infrastructure, cannot afford regular rainfall. It may cause floods. With chaos everywhere. The dynamic & lively city will come to a halt. Affecting each and every resident. 

As a car lover in Dubai who often explores Dubai driving all the way in cars, should be prepared to deal with such a situation. Heavy rainfall may cause endless problems for car owners. Traffic and congestion would be a major one. Engine failures and breakdown would be another one. But the most dreadful one would be to be surrounded by water or watching helplessly as the water enters your car, drowning you in floods and worry. 

Here’s  a step-by-step guide to protect your car from water damage:

1. Avoid Engine Start-Up

 The first thing a driver should do is avoid panicking. Staying calm would definitely help you to navigate the watery situation. Just relax and carefully observe your car. Check your car’s interior. If each and every corner of your car’s interior is wet, then starting the engine would be a huge mistake. It can damage your car’s engine. It’s best to assess the situation, evaluate the water level inside the car, & then take the next course of action.

2. Assess Water Levels

It’s always safe to carry the tools that will help you remove the water from your car. Always carry towels, mops, or dry/wet vacuum cleaners on your journey. Gently mop up the water using a towel first. If you experience water level rising above your ankles – or rising more, it’s safer to exit your car. Only professional cleaning can save your car from any major issues.

3. Document the Damage

You may be frustrated with the experience and would be desperate to get rid of the water as soon as possible. However, this may take longer than expected. Till then you can take out your phone & take a few snaps of your car’s interior and every area flooded by water. You can share the photos with a professional or any of your friends to seek guidance. This can also be helpful for future water problems. 

4. Remove and Evaluate Floor Mats

First remove the floor mats. Properly check & evaluate them. Carefully Inspect for water absorption. Never leave them wet. Make sure to hang them to dry completely. Any mold and mildew forming underneath would be dangerous. So make sure they are fully dry.

5. Check Air Filter

If water level is rising above your knees, then chances are it might enter the engine’s intake system. Check the air filter. If it’s wet, then water might have entered the engine’s intake system. Replace the wet air filter immediately to prevent engine damage and other major car issues.

6. Ventilate and Dry Out

Water should be completely removed from your car. Your car’s interior must be completely dry before you can drive your car again. However, use fans or dehumidifiers to remove the water completely & dry the car’s interior, seats, carpets, and upholstery quickly. This reduces the wetness that forms dew and prevents any reduces odor.

7. Check for Oil and Fluid Contamination

Check your car’s oil and other fluids for signs of water contamination. Milky or cloudy oil can be a sign of water intrusion into the engine.

8. Inspect Electrical Systems

Once the car is safe to access, test battery-operated functions such as interior lights, dashboard backlights, and the horn without starting the engine. If the water level was high, it’s best to have a professional examine the car.

9. Evaluate Electrical Accessories

Check other electrical components such as power windows, electric seat controls, and stereo systems once the car’s main electrical systems are deemed safe.

10. Inspect the Fuel System

Water in the fuel system can cause significant engine problems. Check for water in the fuel tank and consider having it drained if contamination is suspected.

11. Check Brake System

Water can cause corrosion in the brake lines and affect brake fluid. Inspect your brakes for water intrusion and functionality.

12. Evaluate Suspension and Bearings

Water can damage parts of your suspension system and wheel bearings. Listen for unusual noises or check for stiffness or reduced driving comfort

13. Seek Professional Inspection for the Undercarriage:

Water can damage parts you can’t easily see. Have a mechanic inspect the undercarriage and brakes for any signs of rust or damage that could compromise your car’s safety.

14. Beware of Hidden Damage

Areas like the insulation and electrical wiring within doors and behind panels may not dry out as quickly and can harbor mold or corrosion. A thorough inspection may be necessary.

15. Look for Saltwater Damage

Water should never enter your car. If it enters your car by chance, pray that it’s not saltwater. salt water is highly corrosive & it’s crucial to thoroughly clean and make your car free from any accelerated corrosion.

16. Professional Deodorizing

The wetness can form dew around and beneath the car. The dew can develop an odor which is absolutely smelly and causes irritation. Even after drying out, cars can develop a smelly & musty odor from water exposure. Professional deodorizing services can help remove any odor & smells and ensure a more fresh & pleasant driving car experience.

17. Test Electronics After Drying

Once your car’s interior is completely dry, carefully check & test all electronic devices and connections to ensure they are functioning properly. The moisture after wetness can cause minor or major issues. 

18. Inspect Air Conditioning System

 Check your car’s ac system first. Water can enter the AC system, leading to mold or unpleasant odors. Have the system checked and cleaned if necessary by a professional.

19. Monitor for Rust

Always keep an eye on your car & spot any signs of rust or corrosion in the months following water exposure, especially in hard-to-see areas

Wrap Up - Step-by-Step Guide: What to Do If Water Gets Inside Your Car During a Rainstorm

If you ever face a situation where your car is stuck in a rain storm and water has entered your car, then please follow this step-by-step guide. Never panic in such a situation. Stay relaxed and check the water level first followed by taking these steps. You can always seek professional assistance. But before you should take efforts in drying your car and then take it to a professional to check your car’s interior and engine.