Have you ever accidentally left your window or sunroof open during a rain storm overnight? Or maybe you spilled some water or other fluid inside your vehicle. Sometimes water can get inside your vehicle from the sunroof or engine compartment.

Drain hole tubes and or drain holes in the sunroof jamb or engine compartment cowling often need to be cleaned out or replaced as they can get clogged over time from leaves, pine needles, dirt and debris. The drain hole tubes tend to get old, brittle and tend to crack overtime in which case they will need to be replaced. Water leaks are very illusive and can leak from just about anywhere. Doors, door seals, deck lids, tail lights and body seems. The list goes on and on.

Unfortunate and unforeseen accidents with these types of spills and leaks find their way through your carpet causing the jute or foam insulation to get wet. Not only can standing water rust the floor boards and electrical components, it can also threaten you and your family’s health by promoting growth of dangerous mold and mildew. We are here to help.

Please note: We do not offer water leak detection and repair. We do however offer water damage restoration. They are two separate services. Here is how it works. The first step is to make an appointment with us for a free onsite inspection, estimate and water leak specialist referral.  

Then you would forward that estimate to your insurance company and call our water leak specialist referral to get him scheduled to inspect and repair your water leak.  

Then after you get the ok from your insurance company and get the water leak fixed call us to schedule to bring your car in for our water damage restoration service. We will take care of the rest. 

We know having to deal with this process is stressful but from years of experience we have found this is the best way to go about it. Water intrusion is very common here in Seattle and we are here to help guide you through this process.  Please feel free to call us with any additional questions. 


Here at Auto Salon at Leschi our trained professionals will first remove your carpet and wet insulation then clean and dry the infected area. After that we install new insulation then the re-install carpets. Then we recondition your interior and run our PurTeq bacteria and odor removal system to kill mold or mildew.

Here are photos of one of our client’s cars. Water had seeped into the carpet and insulation from the sunroof leaking.  As we pull the carpet away, you can see the insulation underneath is absolutely soaked through.

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Removing the insulation, notice water drip out onto the floor. There is no way this would have ever dried out if it hadn’t been removed.

Mold had already started to form on the door panel and the floor carpeting.

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The damp carpeting and insulation promotes mold and mildew which would affect your health, putting you and your family at risk. Our interior detailing service with our patented ™PurTeq Bacteria and Odor removal system. is included our as part of our water damage restoration process. This system kills mold, bacteria, viruses and removes odors permanently.

Below, the new insulation is installed by our trained tech. In this case, the old carpeting did not need replacing but was shampooed, rinsed, dried and treated to remove any existing mold or mildew. FYI if your carpet does need replacing we can order the entire carpet kit from the dealer and replace it for you. (If available)

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Expert results ! We delivered the car looking good as new and more importantly, eliminating any risk to your health.

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Seen below are some before and after photo’s of a customers car that had been outside all winter long with the rear glass broken out. Over time standing water had turned into severe mold growth through out the interior.

We basically had to remove and replace the carpets and insulation, then clean all the other surfaces several times, applied our PurTeq bacteria and odor removal system through the vehicle, then changed the cabin air filter.  Needless to say the customer was very pleased.

Did you know…

Most Seattle auto body shops and repair facilities recommend Auto Salon at Leschi for car water damage restoration, mold removal and stolen recovery car interior reconditioning.

Your auto insurance policy often covers car water damage restoration and stolen recovery interior detailing. Unfortunately when cars are stolen, the vehicle and particularly the interior is very often abused.

Give us a call or email us for an appointment. We will be happy to provide you with a free onsite inspection and estimate for our water damage restoration service.

We will have your vehicle’s interior, dry, clean and most importantly mold and bacteria free within a week and have you back on the road again.