Camping season is gearing up all around the country, and people in cool climates are moving their campers out of storage and preparing for their next adventure. Whether you are a seasonal camper or you like to head to different places throughout the summer, there is some maintenance you must do around the camper to keep your family healthy. Water leaks lead to water damage, mold and other problems. These issues can remain hidden and cause serious health problems for you and your family. Avoid them by investing in seasonal maintenance.
Caulk dries out and loses its ability to block water. When this happens to the caulk around your roof vents, refrigerator exhaust and other roof protrusions, rain can get into the structure through the openings. If you are lucky, you will see the leak right away. If you are not, then you will only become aware of it after the structure is severely compromised. Climb up on the roof once a year and inspect the caulk. If it is stiff, brittle or cracked, gently remove it and put fresh caulk in its place.
Seal the Roof
Roof leaks can happen any time, and the damage will be extensive. The good news is that you can avoid them with a little maintenance. If your RV is exposed to the elements throughout the year, you should seal the roof every fall and again in the spring. The sealers contain a UV protectant that prevents sun damage, stops the roof membrane from drying out and protects you from leaks. There are different sealers and recommendations for various roofing materials, so read the package carefully to be sure that you are purchasing the right one for your RV. If you have your camper in covered storage for the winters, then you can seal the roof just once a year. Seal the roof after the caulk is inspected and replaced.
Check Water Lines
As you pressurize the water system, look closely for leaks. Additionally, feel the flooring around all sinks, the tub and the commode to be sure it is still solid. If the vinyl is loose and can be pushed down slightly, then water may have seeped under the vinyl in the past. Check lines and fixtures in this area closely to ensure that they are working properly. If the leak doesn’t destroy the flooring of your camper, it will create mold and mildew that makes the family sick. Check the water lines at least once a year and make any necessary repairs as quickly as possible.
Camping season is upon us, and you are looking forward to hitting the open road and enjoying your RV. Protect your family and avoid problems with mod or mildew by investing in preventive maintenance. You will protect the structure of your RV from water damage, and you will keep your family safe from mold.
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