Unlocking your caravan after several months on storage only to be met with a musty smell of dampness and black spots of mildew spreading everywhere, this scenario is one of the dreaded nightmares of every home owner. Working in Mandurah caravan repair centre for many years, one thing I see most often is the rotten timber frames on caravans and mobile homes. Those pesky mold and mildews can be a serious problem, too if left untreated for long. Damage caused by water can be very expensive to repair and would require longer time to fix.
Here’s some tip on how to protect your caravan against water damage:
- Check for water ingress.
The common cause of rot in the caravan frame is the leak in roof either through the corner moulds or through the roof sealer. Sometimes water ingress would come from window leaks, poorly fitted plumbing system and satellite system, air conditioner, solar and traffic lights. Not all leaks can be detected immediately. There are leaks than can occur without being detected. As a caravan owner you have to be observant of any markings that would suggest leak or water ingress. If you suspect that your caravan has water ingress in the floor or any of its panels, it is advised to consult a professional.
- Clean and vacuum the caravan interior regularly.
Make sure that your caravan is clean and dry before you lockup and cover for storage. Keeping your caravan clean and dry the best way to keep your caravan damp, mould and mildew free.
- Make sure that all accessories are fitted correctly.
Next to roof leakage, leakage from poorly fitted accessories such solar panel, satellite system and such are common cause of water damage. It is important to make sure that all accessories if fitted to perfection to avoid leakage.
- Cover your caravan when not in use.
Mandurah caravan servicing suggest that you should cover your caravan if it is not in use. Putting your caravan under cover will protect it from harsh elements. It can also protect your caravan from leaks, as well as protect the roof seal from deteriorating quickly. If you don’t have a carport or shed to house your caravan, you use a standard caravan cover to keep protected from harsh sun, rain, storm or snow.
Your mobile homes need routine maintenance and care to keep it in a good running condition. Employing a routine maintenance on your mobile caravans can keep your mobile home functional, beautiful and healthy. As a mobile caravan home owner, here are some maintenance tips that you should know.
- Keep your mobile home level
Making sure that your mobile caravan is level is very important. Most of the professionals who are servicing mobile caravan repairs advice that a caravan owner must check the level of their mobile home at least once a year to ensure that its elevation is even. A mobile home that is not properly leveled can be the source of many issues including the cracks in the walls, leaks, doors, and windows that won’t shut properly. You can use a water level that can be bought at any hardware store to check your mobile home’s level.
- Install perimeter enclosure or skirting ventilation.
Installing proper ventilation for your mobile home is a serious business. The skirting ventilation or perimeter enclosure serves as an insulator for the whole caravan. It also protects the mobile caravan from pets and it adds curb appeal. The 1:150 formula is recommended to ensure that your mobile caravan has proper ventilation base on its square footage.
The 1:150 formula means that you should have 1 sq. ft. of venting for every 150 sq. ft. of space. To prevent dead air pockets, you have to install these vents for about 3 inches of each corner.
- Give importance to roof maintenance.
A leaky roof can cause many other problems if left unchecked. That is why, as a mobile home owner you need to give a grave importance the maintenance of your mobile home. If your caravan has a flat roof you have re-coat or reseal the roof regularly. Make sure that the flashing is in good condition and free of cracked caulking or soft spots. It is also important to make sure that gutters are in good condition. Gutters should be slanted away from the caravan.
- Keep the plumbing system in good condition.
Make sure that there are no leaky pipes and faucets. The pipes are installed in such a way that it can breathe in order to work properly. The plumbing system of your mobile caravan should have a supply line, a drain line, and ventilation. It is important that you know where the shut-off valve is located in case of a plumbing emergency.
- Have your mobile caravan inspected by professional at least once a year.
While, as a mobile caravan owner you may inspect your mobile home from time to time but it is important to have professional look your home at least once a year. Professionals who are expert in caravan repairs can see potential problems that you might overlook. These professionals know what to look for, and can identify when something is not right.