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How to Avoid Mold on the Windshield

No matter where you live, mold is a fact of life. Microscopic spores are all around us, both outside and inside our homes and cars. In order to grow, however, mold needs a food source as well as water or humidity. In Calgary’s humid continental climate, there’s always water to provide the basics for mold growth. Although mold growing on car windows and windshields is rare, certain conditions can lead to it.

 

Why Should I Be Concerned About Windshield Mold?

Because mold growth in cars is rare, people are surprised when they see it. When it appears on your windshield is also cause for concern as it indicates that your vehicle has an extreme amount of dirt and other potential hidden problems. Inhaling mold can be bad for your health, causing respiratory and other problems. The risk to your vehicle is different. Excessive mold can eventually harm your window seals, causing the glass to break and making driving unsafe.

What Vehicles Have Greater Risk of Mold?

Active vehicles rarely have mold growing on the windows. However, if you store your car or leave it parked in one spot for a long time, mold growth is apt to start. If you haven’t driven your vehicle in months, perform a thorough inspection with a flashlight, looking for damaged or cracked window seals. If possible, wipe down condensation periodically from the inside of your unused car and don’t allow moisture to pool on the seats. Turn on the vehicle periodically and run air conditioning or heating periodically.

Preventing Mold

The best way to prevent mold on your windshield and car windows is to keep your car clean. Vacuum regularly and clean up food debris. Never leave trash inside that is prone to decomposing. When you spill something, clean it immediately and leave the window open until the area fully dries. If mold does appear, use disinfectants to clean it up, especially if condensation is pooling at the window edges. Mold on the window seals means that the entire panel has been infested and needs professional attention. Do not try to clean the area yourself.

 

If you do end up with mold on your windshield or window seals and have done everything you can to get rid of it, all is not lost. All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary can help. Call us at 403-536-0518 for an assessment and free consultation.

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What to Do After Auto Glass Replacement

It’s important to replace an automobile’s damaged glass as quickly as possible, both to preserve its value and to ensure that it can be driven safely. There are a few things that drivers should do after the replacement to help make sure that their new glass stays in good condition for years to come.

 

Check the Work

No qualified repair specialist will be offended if you take the time to check their work. Examine the new glass for cracks, leaks, and other damage. Check it again a few days after the work has been done to make sure that no new problems have developed.

Take Care of It

The new glass will be attached to your vehicle with a urethane sealant, but that sealant will take a little while to cure. Depending on local conditions and the precise sealant used, you may need to wait a few hours before you drive your car. Failure to do so can lead to leaks around the new glass. You should also wait a few days before apply stickers to the glass or exposing it to stressful conditions, such as an automated car wash. Ask your repair specialist for details before you get damaged glass replaced, and be sure to follow them carefully.

Be Careful

The best way to prevent future is to drive carefully and avoid situations that could damage your car. Try to avoid parking in places with high crime rates to avoid the damage that could come from vandalism or from people trying to break into your car. Similarly, try not to part too close to anywhere that children are likely to play. A stray baseball can do a lot of damage to a car’s windshield and windows. Damage can also come from nature, so try to keep your car parked in a sheltered place during hail storms and other dangerous weather events. A little bit of prevention can go a long way.

 

Replacing a car’s damaged glass should always be a priority. If your car’s glass needs to be replaced or if you have any questions about the process, call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

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Replace Or Repair A Damaged Windshield

If you have a damaged windshield, then you may be wondering whether you should have it replaced or repaired. In the past, a damaged windshield would always have to be replaced. However, the numerous advances that have been made in auto technology make it easier to repair a damaged windshield. Below is a list of tips that will help you decide whether to repair or replace a damaged windshield:

When To Repair Your Windshield

Windshields are typically repaired by filling in the chips and cracks by injecting the liquid. If a rock chip is the size of a quarter or smaller, then it can probably be repaired. Cracks that are three inches or less can usually be repaired.

Keep in mind that a windshield repair should be done as quickly as possible. If a windshield is not repaired quickly, then the chip or crack could get much better. Additionally, it costs less to repair a damaged windshield. The cost of repairing the damaged windshield will likely be covered by your auto insurance company.

When To Replace Your Windshield

Replacement requires removing the entire windshield. It is recommended if the windshield is damaged beyond repair. If the windshield is damaged in an accident, then it should be replaced. It should also be replaced if it is damaged by a large object.

You could be fined if you are caught driving with a cracked windshield. Windshield replacement is considered to be a safety precaution by most insurance companies. That is why auto insurance companies typically cover the cost of windshield replacement. However, your insurance company may require that you pay a deductible before they pay anything.

If you are looking for an auto body shop company, then you should consider contacting All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary. The phone number is

(403) 536-0518

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Reduce Damage & Expense By Repairing Windshields Promptly

Chipped and cracked windshields are an inconvenience and often unavoidable. Many people think if they are minor there is no reason to rush to get them fixed, but getting a cracked or chipped windshield fixed as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

How Chips and Cracks Impact Your Driving

Damage to a windshield can impair visibility and increase the risk of accidents. Depending on the location of the damage it may not impair visibility in an obvious way but can still create a distraction at the wrong time. Once the windshield is chipped or cracked there is a possibility of the damage expanding, especially during cold weather, creating an even bigger distraction or impaired visibility. Another danger is the crack or chip can weaken the entire windshield so it collapses when the car hits a bump or has a sudden stop.

What Makes a Windshield Unable To Be Repaired

Waiting too long to repair a windshield can lead to it being irreparable. If a crack or chip expands it can lead to further damage requiring the entire windshield be replaced. Driving with a crack or chip allows debris and moisture to be blown into the opening, creating additional damage that may not be repairable. During a repair the technician attempts to clean debris out of the opening because otherwise the glass is left discolored and cloudy following the repair which can cause further distraction and visibility problems.

Benefits of Prompt Repair

Small repairs can take as little as 30 minutes and rarely take more than an hour. Despite the inconvenience attending to the issue promptly reduces the debris and water that can collect in the crack or chip so repair is more effective. Once a repair is put off not only is more damage potentially done to the windshield, but it makes it too easy to continue to neglect it until the damage becomes irreparable and dangerous. Repairs are often covered by insurance, but insurance may also be more difficult if the company realizes the damage is more extensive because of neglect.

Avoiding chips and cracks is preferable and can be done by keeping a safe distance from other vehicles and parking in a covered area during bad weather. Not all damage is completely avoidable, but swiftly addressing the issue is best. Call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

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