RV covers can help prevent water damage from costing you money. RVs are often exposed to the elements and because of this, small holes can sometimes get poked into their roofs, pipes can leak, or a protective seam can open, allowing water to damage the RV’s interior. Protective RV covers can dramatically reduce the risk of water damage by providing protection from the elements. Leaks can cause significant water damage, and if they are not taken care of, they may progress to rot or dangerous mold formation. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent or mitigate water damage:
Inspect For Leaks
Leaks in your RV may not be obvious, so you’ll have to examine the vehicle carefully. Look for soft spots, sag, or discoloration on the roof, and look under the sink for leaky pipes and tubes. Leaks can occur around doors and windows, so be very meticulous with your inspection. You’ll also want to examine the building materials that cover the floor and ceiling of your RV, such as the carpeting and wood panels, because water damage can cause the carpet to get moldy, and ruin the ceiling panels.
Damaged plywood can be repaired by sanding and thoroughly refinishing it. Surfaces that are only slightly rotted or damaged can usually be salvaged, but those with extensive water damage may require replacement. To repair damaged plywood, gently scrape off the rotted areas with a knife, then with a sanding block, sand down the cleaned area. Next, apply a wood hardener with a brush, and allow to dry overnight.
After the area has completely dried, fill in the depression in the plywood with putty, allow to dry overnight, and then finally, sand with sandpaper. If the plywood is too damaged to repair, replace it. Replacing plywood planks is simply a matter of removing the RV’s ceiling panel, then unscrewing the planks, or prying them out. You can measure a new piece of plywood, then cut it with a saw before re-installing it with a hammer and nails.
If you are not comfortable making your own RV repairs, take the vehicle to an RV body shop or a mechanic who has experience working with recreational vehicles. Water damage can destroy both the exterior and interior of your RV, and if repaired improperly, you’re placing yourself and your passengers in danger.
While you may think that the “do-it-yourself” mindset will save you money, it could cost you more in the long run. Getting estimates from RV professionals will help ensure that you’re getting the best price for parts and labor, and you’ll have peace of mind, knowing that your water-damaged RV has been properly repaired.