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.