The winter is coming and it's time to do our habitation checks in our caravan and motorhomes! All vehicles are susceptible to damp, no matter how secure it is – so here are some tips on how to spot damp in your vehicle. The earlier you spot it, the easier it is to treat it!
- Is there a smell?
One of the first signs of damp will be a smell when you enter your caravan, this will smell musty, mouldy or boggy and should be very detectable. This will be your first giveaway of whether you have damp in your vehicle or not.
- Watch the walls
Be sure to check your walls for any marks or staining – these will usually be dark wet patches and can be on your walls or floor, these stains indicate water stains. You should also check for black marks or residue around windows, doors and roof lights – as well as blue or pinkish staining to the wallboards. If your walls feel soft to the touch, this can also indicate a more serious damp problem underneath.
- Investigate the floor
If you notice your floor feels creaky or spongey, this is a sign of delamination which would indicate water or damp issue. It's important to act as soon as you notice this to avoid costly repairs!
- Get a damp meter
Of course, the most efficient way of seeing if there is a damp issue is by using a damp meter. These are a good investment as they can indicate early on if there is a problem ahead, saving you time and money on costly repairs!
How can I prevent damp?
As we approach the winter where most people's caravan's and motorhomes will be out of use for a couple of months, you must know how to prevent damp during these breaks.
- Let air circulate – don't leave your caravan locked up for long periods, even if you're not using it just visit it and open some windows and allow the air to circulate.
- Clean! – Before your caravan goes into storage, be sure to clean and vacuum the entire interior of your caravan regularly. Make sure surfaces are cleaned with anti-bacterial or disinfectant products and ensure it is all squeaky clean before it goes into storage.
- Windows – Be sure to keep your windows open in kitchen and bathroom areas where a lot of water or steam is used. Try to do so straight after when the shower or oven have been used as this will help avoid a moisture build-up.
If you're worried about how to keep your caravan or motorhome safe this winter, Pro-Tec Covers are here to help you. Our covers are designed with a breathable membrane, to ensure that moisture build-up doesn't occur on the exterior of your vehicle.