Having a recreational vehicle brings a lot of convenience to life. You can travel in both style and relaxation, bringing with you some of the comforts of home. Getting an RV, of course, will require quite an investment. Hence, you really need to keep it well-maintained if you want to make the most out of it. You may want to even remodel your RV over time. We do understand, though, that there might be instances where you will have RV water damage. Here are some helpful tips on how to restore your RV after water damage.
There might be differences between the extent and resulting damage of water between one that happens in your home and what happens in your RV. A complete RV renovation is not always necessary. However, the first step to resolving both will always remain the same. You need to locate and repair the source of water. Here are some points to focus on during your inspection:
Speaking of mud, there’s bound to some dirt and grime that comes with it. Don’t wait for it to completely dry if you want to minimize staining as much as possible. You can also take this opportunity to assess the damage as you’re going through each of the areas of your RV since it will allow you to determine between simple staining from actual discoloration.
Once you have identified the damaged areas, the next thing is to remove them. This will potentially stop the damage from spreading and even allow you to salvage other parts that haven’t been reached yet. One has to understand that water damage encourages mold growth, and it does spread. It can even severely affect the indoor air quality of your RV and make passengers sick—something that we want to avoid.
RV floors are typically made of plywood. This material is exceptionally vulnerable to water damage. You’ll find that older models are even more so since they’re not made with the extra layer of protection that newer models are designed with.
It’s not that elegant, but the best way to check for rotting is to get down on your hands and knees and push towards your flooring. Be on the lookout for flexing or softer, mushier parts. You can even use a screwdriver to push through the exposed wooden elements of your floor to see if any part is deteriorating as well. There’s no way to salvage rotting wood. The only way to restore rotting floors is to replace them completely.
As we have mentioned above, you should be on the lookout for water staining, discoloration, and wrinkling wallpaper. Stripping off your wall covering will also help reveal any damage that’s happening underneath.
What we like about windows is that you don’t usually need to replace them. Most of the time, you only need to replace its seals. That is unless you’re dealing with a broken window or an issue other than water damage. If that’s the case, then you would really need to replace it. Fortunately, it’s actually very easy to do. Here’s a quick guide:
Mild to slightly severe cases can still be remedied with a cleaning formula made from four parts of water and one part of bleach. Mix it thoroughly, pour into a spray bottle, spray directly to the problem area and let it soak for a while before scrubbing off.
Really severe cases, however, might require the assistance of a mold remediation company. Should you choose to handle the removal and cleaning job on your own, though, just remember to wear the proper personal protective gear such as a face mask and a pair of gloves.
Once you’re done cleaning, rinse off the bleach solution with soap and water and allow your RV to air out until it’s completely dry. You can also invest in getting an air blower. It’s a piece of equipment that provides additional ventilation through the use of pressure. It is helpful in drying out interiors and even drying out the excessive moisture that can cause water damage.
Finally, the only thing that you need to do now is to replace the damaged parts that you have removed earlier with new ones. Try to invest in quality parts as much as you can. While they might cost more, they will also last you longer and prevent the extent of water damage that you’ve just experienced from happening again.
There are various ways to prevent your RV from water damage. Constantly expecting your vehicle for leaks and faulty seals regularly, for instance, can already save you a great deal of inconvenience.
If water damage does happen, though, then know that there are ways in order to restore your RV to its former glory. Inspect for damaged parts to identify the source of the issue. Remove severely damaged parts. Clean off the moldy residue. And of course, replace the damaged parts with new ones. We wish you safe travels!
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