What to Do if Your Car Doors Flood
Flooding is terrible for everything that’s affected by the undesirable accumulation of water, and this is certainly true of your car doors. Most of us don’t think about the doors on our cars when we think about flooding, but the fact is that they are vulnerable to the ravages of excess water, and flooding can cause them considerable damage. If your car or other property has been damaged by flooding, consult with an experienced Panama City insurance claims attorney today.
That Telltale Sloshing Sound
If you hear something when you drive that sounds like water sloshing in one (or more) of your car doors, it’s probably because there IS water sloshing in one or more of your car doors. Sometimes the rubber that encases a car door’s window will become loose, cracked, dry, or otherwise worn, and rainwater can seep in and collect in the door itself. Some doors have more water inlets than others and are more susceptible to flooding, but very heavy rain can leave nearly any car door vulnerable to taking on water. Whatever the cause, however, this flooding can damage not only a car’s doors but also the car itself and should be removed.
Car Door Drains
Car manufacturers recognize that car doors can take on water, and they equip the doors of their vehicles with drain holes for this very reason. The fact is, however, that these small holes can become clogged with debris that enters with the water and collects over time and/or with dirt, debris, or gravel that enters from frequent travel on dirty roads. When a car door’s drain holes become clogged, water can quickly begin collecting inside the door. Keeping these drain holes clear of dirt and debris will help ensure that you don’t have to face a car door that is full of water. A great way to keep this important task on your radar is to Include cleaning your car doors’ drain holes in your routine schedule for car maintenance.
Water in your doors can cause far bigger problems than that irritating sloshing sound you might occasionally hear. These can include:
- Metal that comes in constant contact with water will eventually rust, which can eat away at car doors. Around car doors and toward the bottom of car doors is where you often see accumulating rust on vehicles.
- Once the water in the car door reaches the level of an inch or two, it can slosh out into the car itself, which can lead to mold and mildew within the car that is difficult to remove and can be unhealthy for anyone with respiratory issues.
Consult with an Experienced Panama City Insurance Claims Lawyer Today
If your car has suffered damage as a result of water-filled doors, the dedicated Panama City insurance claims attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP, are here to help. Our experienced legal team has the commitment, legal skill, and resources to aggressively advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled. For answers to your questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 850-684-4000 today.