If you own an RV and are not able to spend as much time in it as you would like, it is very important to remember to check it for water damage on a regular basis and to do so again after severe weather. Since even a tiny water leak that goes unnoticed or untreated can result in extensive damage and expensive repairs, it is a good idea to be sure that your RV is consistently in a safe and hygienic condition. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware of the early indicators of water damage that are provided below.
#1-Bumps, Bubbles Or Other Irregularities On The Paneling Or Walls
It will be helpful to remember that one of the most common reasons for the paneling or walls to experience minor deviations in appearance is the presence of water. If there is an imperfection on the exterior of the vehicle that allowed even a few drops of water inside, mold can quickly develop and spread. Fortunately, once you know what to look for and where the water might hide, it's easier to spot the evidence.
#2-Damp Corners...Even When It Has Not Rained Recently
Other areas of the RV that you should keep an eye on are the corners, as it is possible for a malfunctioning air conditioner to leak water down the side of the vehicle. If you are unaware of the issue with the air conditioner or the placement of that item makes noticing it more challenging, over time that water can contribute to a deterioration of the exterior. When that happens, water can enter the walls or interior of the RV and quickly make it unsafe to use the RV.
That means that if see water in a corner where it has no business being, you should track down where it is coming from. By addressing the underlying problem, you can prevent any new damage from manifesting.
#3-Unexplained Or New Soft Spots Anywhere In The RV
A third aspect of your RV to inspect for water damage is actually the vehicle in its entirety, especially support pieces for the unit. For example, if a tile adjacent to the driver's seat is softer or feels spongy, water damage is the likely culprit. Because of its position, you might not notice it until the damage was severe and expensive. By taking a few minutes to inspect the RV, you will often be able to find problems when they are still minor.
In addition, checking both the floor and ceiling cabinets, as well as the areas around all of the water sources, water damage is often much easier to notice.
In conclusion, it is easy to not notice early signs of water damage in a camper or recreational vehicle, particularly if you do not spend a lot of time in the unit. As a result, it is important for you to become familiar with some of the early signs of damage that are provided above so that you can prevent, minimize and treat the problems associated with that damage. Contact a restoration contractor, like Absolute Restoration LLC, for more help.