Just as houses are susceptible to leaks and water damage, so are RVs. The biggest difference is that RVs can trap mold spores within their walls and the lack of air circulation in an RV contributes to rapid development and major breathing problems for anyone who enters. You will want to watch for and eradicate any signs of leaks and/or water damage on both the inside and outside of the RV.
Look All Around Your RV's Water Areas and Connections
Look around the sinks, shower and toilet in your RV. Then look around the areas where you connect your water supply when you travel. Check under the RV as well, because rolling through large puddles will cause deterioration and expose the underbelly to water damage. If you see spots that are gray, brown, rust or black in color, or if you see what looks like a water mark spreading outwards like seaweed, you have found the first major areas that need to be addressed.
Opening up the Damaged or Leaking Areas
The first thing you need to be careful of when you open up a water-damaged area in or on your RV is the amount of mold or mildew behind that spot. If the mold/mildew is thick and dry, you can cause the spores to break apart and spread, making the leaky and damaged areas even worse. If it is still wet from the ongoing leak behind or near it, then pulling it apart and smearing it around will allow the wet mold/mildew to infect previously safe areas. (The relocated wet spores will dry, latch onto their new surroundings and begin to multiply.) This ruins any chance you might have had to patch or salvage this area of your RV. Your best bet is to have an RV repair technician and a mold and mildew remediation specialist carefully address the problem and repair the leak.
Replacing Everything That Was Damaged
Once the RV repair technician has stopped all the leaks, and the remediation specialist has destroyed all of the mold and mildew, you will still have to replace the damaged areas. This may include removing dividing walls, door frames, window frames, etc. While you could do the work yourself, the same technician that helped you repair the leaks can now help you remove the damaged areas and swap them out for new parts. (The RV mechanic may even be able to find authentic parts for your RV, if it is really old.) Contact a local RV service shop, such as Orangewood RV Center, for further help.Share
24 September 2015
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