Interior flooding


Old 09-29-05, 05:37 AM
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Interior flooding

Like the moron I am, I left my moonroof open last night and it rained. Naturally when I got to my car this morning, the carpeting was soaked and there was water all over my seats (leather by the way). I already used towels to soak up as much of the water that absorbed into the carpeting as I could, and obviously I wiped up the surface water. But what do I do about the water in the carpet that I couldn't get? Also, I think water got through the threading of the leather seats and into the cushions. What can I do to prevent mildew buildup? Lastly, do I need to get some kind of leather treatment oil/cream for the steering wheel & seats after they'd been rained on? Thank you for you help.
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Old 09-29-05, 11:05 AM
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Dry it out as quickly as possible. Use as much sunlight as you can, since the UV rays kill mold and mildew.
Old 09-29-05, 04:45 PM
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drying out

if temperatures allow it--above 65-- leave the windows open, keep an eye out for more rain!!! the combo of air flow and heat will dry it out.
a leather conditioner is available at all auto parts stores and also wal-mart and stores as such.

if there is a mold or mildew problem, and I have seen it, especially with kids with asthma and someone who is susceptible to allergies-- the only way is to take to a detail shop and have them steam clean the carpet. they will also have the proper methods to treat the carpet.
Old 09-29-05, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by dutchboy
But what do I do about the water in the carpet that I couldn't get?
It depends on how bad it actually got it
You may be OK just drying it out well
Little heaters, dehumidifiers, Damp Rid, and fans

You may want to consider making sure you don't ever have a problem
The mold/mildew can creep up on you months later if you don't get all the moisture out of the carpet underlayment

If you want to be sure, remove the seats and dry them out separately
That's the best way
Put them somewhere with low humidity and with fans on them
Pull the carpet
If you pull it now it may not ever be a problem later
You still have time to dry out the underlayment
This is pretty much the only time you can salvage that if it's wet
If the underlayment got wet, 6-12 weeks from now it'll be toast, contaminated with mildew and mold and will have to be removed
The problem is guaging how wet the underlayment got
It's darn near impossible to tell, and the carpet can dry, but the under layment can still be wet
Originally Posted by dutchboy I need to get some kind of leather treatment oil/cream for the steering wheel & seats after they'd been rained on?
No you shouldn't
But it's good maintenance to use a conditioner on them anyway
I would after they have dried out
Old 09-29-05, 06:43 PM
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What year, make and model is the vehicle?
Reason I ask, is if the floor had puddles of water on them, you take the chance of corrosion build up in the many electrical connectors under the carpet. The connector I would be worried about, is the one for the air bag module. If that begins to corrode, you take the chance of the air bag(s) deploying when you don't want them to. I've seen it happen quite a few times.
I'm with Slickshift on pulling the seats and the carpet, put them in the sunlight for the day. Also, used a blow gun and compressed air to blow the moisture out of any electrical connections that had gotten soaked.
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The first thing I would do is use a Wet/Dry vacuum to get as much water out as possible. Then I would use a dehumidifier in the car. This will help the seats and the carpets. If there is anyway you can get some high heat under the car (wet area), without causing a fire hazard etc....then this would help.

You can remove the small molding that runs the length of the door jamb and lift up the carpet from the side to see if it is drenched. If so, keep working on it. One sign is if the windows fog up on the inside, then you have moister in the car. Keep the windows down in the warm temperatures.....the natural heat is best.

As far as the seats, I would suggest calling an interior specialist and see if they have any ideas.

Good Luck.

Old 09-29-05, 07:49 PM
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maybe you can heat it

I dont know but if you can find a place that paints maybe you can use there booth were they dry the all windows and sun roof and leave it in the booth for a day or two.also use large fans to blow air thru the inside.
You can remove the battery terminal or remove the dome light and leave the doors open also.remove all floor mats before you dry car this way and lay them outside car.
Old 09-30-05, 04:29 AM
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You beat me to it, Michael; that's what I always tell people with soaked cars. Have never heard back from anyone on how easy it was to schmooze the body shop into doing it or how much they charged, but would have to beat the alternative.

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