So yesterday after Mrs Dibnah collected the kids from school and drove home, one of my little darlings got out of the mini and didn't bother to close the rear door.
Not just a little bit not closed, but wide, wide open.
None of us went out after about 4pm yesterday and the first time I went out this morning - around 9am to walk the hound - I discovered the open rear mini door.
Our driveway is on a bit of a slope, and the mini was parked on the camber at an angle with the door wide open facing up the driveway.
It had rained very hard from around 10pm last night until early morning. A good 8 hours of solid, heavy, full on rain with much of it going into my Mini....
Suffice to say that the interior of the car couldn't have been much wetter if I'd driven through a river. There was a good 2cm of rainwater sitting in the rear driver side footwell and the entire rear bench seat was like a 1,000 litre sponge full of water.
I stood looking at it - open mouthed - for a good 5 minutes taking it all in.
So - as a result, I have spent most of today sorting it out.
I borrowed my mother in laws Vax and used the water-suck feature to remove all the surface water and - surprisingly - quite a bit of the floor carpet water. I was very impressed with the efficiency of that actually. The carpet was touch dry after a good going over with the Vax. In the collection bucket of the Vax there was a good few inches of water after I'd finished.
I then went over everything I could with towels trying to absorb everything else - but that was not much good to be honest. I then left a fan blowing across the rear seats for good few hours in the garage this afternoon - but again not much improvement in the state of the back seats to be honest after that, but it did finish off drying the floor carpet.
So around 4pm I decided to remove the back seats (4 x T50 Torx and 4 x 16mm nuts all easily accessed) and took the rear seats out and have them now propped up against radiator in the house.
It's fortunate that I did because the carpet under the rear seat was also very wet so I lifted that too and have that draped over the radiators too. That would have developed smelly mould if left in place.
So now I have dry carpets in the footwells at the back and everything else out. The seats and rear carpets will stay indoors on rads now until bone dry. May take a few days. At least I have caught it all before the mould sets in.
What I was astounded by was the weight of the rear seats. Almost too heavy to carry to be honest. No wonder modern cars weigh so much!! I know the rear squab was full of water - but even so, they weigh a freakin ton!
Hopefully tomorrow will dry it all out and I can refit ready for the week ahead.
I have docked all pocket money as the 3 little darlings all blame each other for leaving the door open.