Mold is dangerous, and it can be found in any living space. While you know how to watch for and treat mold in the home, your RV is a little bit different. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy on the road by keeping mold out of your trailer.
Plumbing and Ventilation Check
Every time you are preparing your camper for a trip, take a minute to check your plumbing. Look at the water lines throughout the camper to be sure nothing is leaking. The ventilation is important to prevent mold in the bathroom and kitchen area, so take a minute to check the fans before you actually hit the road. Any problems with the water lines or ventilation should be addressed before you start packing the vehicle.
Roof and Walls
RV roofs are more fragile than the roof on your house, and it should be checked on a regular basis. You should examine the roof twice a year to be sure there are no cracked seams or exposed fasteners. If your roof has a chalky substance on it, you probably should clean it and apply a fresh coat of UV protectant. This affordable liquid is spread with a mop and left to air-dry. It will keep your roof flexible and prevent the dry rot caused by the sun. You should also inspect the siding on a regular basis to be sure nothing is cracked or damaged.
It is important to address any problem with the roof or siding immediately. Water that seeps in through these areas may not be immediately visible, but the resulting mold can still make your family sick.
When you are finished with your adventure, take an hour to clean the bathroom and kitchen really well. A small area of mold left in a stored camper can start to spread. A mixture of heavily diluted bleach will kill mold spores on countertops, sinks and the commode. Anti-bacterial wipes and sprays will effectively clean the walls. It takes a little more time, but it will help ensure that your camper is ready for the next trip.
These simple steps will not require a great deal of time, but they will help you ensure that your camper is safe and ready for use. Don’t take a chance on your family getting sick from mold. Preventive maintenance and inspections will catch problems early, and regular cleaning will ensure that mold never gets a chance to start spreading
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