Don’t Let Mold In Your RV Be A Traveling Companion This Summer
Summer is just around the corner…
Vacation and trip planning are starting to take shape…
Many of these plans involve spending time in your RV.
If you’ve ever done a road trip in an RV, you know that there is a lot of fun to be had. However, before you can head out to your favorite RV camp of vacation destination, you need to get your RV ready.
While there are plenty of things you should be doing to prep your RV, there is one important thing you should be focusing on before, during and after the RV season to not only keep your RV is tip top shape, but keep everyone who will be spending time traveling in it safe.
Mold Wants To Be Your Traveling Companion
Let’s be honest… you wouldn’t let mold go unchecked in your home right?
Of course not… it would be too dangerous for everyone living there.
Your RV is basically your home on wheels and while you’re traveling, you are certainly going to be spending plenty of time inside it.
So you’re not going to let mold take up residence in your home on wheels… right?
Now, it goes without saying that the best way to tackle a mold issue is to deal with it early. Where your RV is concerned, honestly, you should be starting when you are getting your RV ready for the winter months.
When is the next best time?
If mold has decided to try and stow away in your RV, you are probably going to know it the minute you open the door for the first time this season. You’re going to get a whiff of that familiar dank, musty odor.
Unsurprisingly, the two most common areas for mold and mildew growth are the bathroom and kitchen. But these are not the only areas where mold can he festering inside of your RV. Ventilation ducts, window sills, roof, walls and under your mattress are all potential locations.
The harmful effects of mold cannot be overstated. Long term exposure can cause many different health related ailments.
Many RV’ers opt for attempting to clean the mold and mildew in their RV on their own. While this choice is completely up to you, depending on the infestation, you may want to consider having a professional deal with the issue.
SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland are your local area professionals when it comes to mold remediation.
Need help? You can reach us here.
During Season Mold Prevention
Starting out the season without mold as a traveling companion is a great start. But, keeping it out of your travel plans is best.
Keeping condensation to a minimum while traveling around the country, through all kinds of weather can certainly be a challenge. But it can be one of the most important things you do to make sure that mold does not take root in your RV.
Things to consider reducing condensation in your RV include:
- Increasing the inside temperature of your RV
- Use a dehumidifier
- Properly ventilate the RV
- Completely wipe down all surfaces
Mold Prevention For Off Season
Proper storage of your RV will make your traveling season a much easier and healthier one. As with the traveling season, one of the most important things to do when preparing to close up your RV for the winter months is to prevent any buildup of moisture.
Although this may be counter-intuitive, maintaining good ventilation in your RV throughout the winter months is a key component of your storage plan. Most RVs will have rooftop vents that you can leave open without worrying about unwanted critters that might find their way inside.
Obviously parking your RV in an inside, climate controlled space would be the ideal scenario. However, this is likely not the situation for most RV’ers, so let’s look at some other considerations.
If you don’t park your RV in a covered space, consider using vent covers to prevent any moisture from rain or snowfall.
As we mentioned, one of the biggest causes of interior moisture, and damage, is condensation from insufficient equalization of inside and outside air temperature. Having vents open should help.
Open all cabinets and refrigerator doors so they will stay nice and dry as well. Hopefully this will ensure you don’t have any nasty surprises when you stock up for your first trip next year.
Keep pots of desiccant, like DampRid, in areas that you know are more susceptible to moisture, mold and mildew growth. Be sure to replace them regularly during the off season.
Mold Remediation Professionals
Even if you’ve done everything right when you’re putting your RV away for the off season, sometimes mold and mildew still grow. It almost seems like an unavoidable evil.
Treating the problem before anyone else is exposed for a prolonged period of time is important for your health. The best way to do this is by letting the highly trained team at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland help you.
We can remediate the mold which may have found its way into your RV and make sure that it doesn’t travel with your all Summer long.
You can reach us at 207-338-1850.