Water damage in your car can occur for a number of reasons. Some of these include leaving an open window or sunroof during a sudden heavy downpour, getting your car caught up in a flood, and having a draining system leak. A car is designed to have very few opportunities for liquids to escape, and water damage can lead to mold and bacteria growth and the rise of unpleasant odors.
If this happens to you, here are some things you need to do immediately:
Assess the situation. The first step is to figure out how bad the damage is. How much space is the water covering at the moment? Has the water been absorbed everywhere? Is the water damage concentrated in just one area? Is it in the interior, or is it just the seats? If the car is lightly damaged, expect moisture to be spread out through the whole interior carpet.
If the area of contamination is small, raise the affected area from the damp ground and aim a fan directly at the opening where the moisture is found. Allow the fan to run and then let the area dry overnight.
For more intense situations, we occasionally need to remove the carpeting so that we can dry the moisture beneath it. This is accomplished by removing the seats first. Once the seats are removed, we are able to address all of the cleaning, drying, and sanitizing needs. We typically request to do the automotive restoration here at our shop in Wake Forest to ensure the best possible result.
Although it seems like a smart move to take an interest in drying and cleaning your car rugs yourself, if the water in your car has been contaminated, cleaning up and drying the water intrusion will take experience and the right set of tools. We are equipped to disassemble, decontaminate, and dry automobiles affected by storm damage or automobiles that have been closed up for extended periods of time in humid environments. We service all those in the surrounding areas of Wake Forest, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Triangle, Fayetteville & surrounding areas in North Carolina. If you need our help, please call us at 919-556-4641or visit our contact Pettyjohn’s page, today. We also offer services for your upholstery, drapery, area rugs and much more!