It’s the one thing every holiday caravan owner dreads – the smell and sight of damp!
Over the winter months, when there’s less air circulating through your caravan and you’re less likely to be spending as much time in your unit with the heating on, unfortunately, it can be an opportunity for damp to grow and spread.
And if left alone for long enough, damp and mould can cause considerable damage to your holiday caravan as well as health issues for some people.
It’s easy to spot the early signs.
Telltale signs include a musty smell inside the caravan, black marks and staining on walls, particularly around windows and doors and walls, which are soft to the touch or where the paints peels off.
An electronic damp meter will also give you a damp reading so you can call in the experts to treat it if it’s high.
Prevention is always better than cure so here’s our guide on preventing damp in your static caravan.
Keep things spick and span
Start by cleaning your caravan regularly. Not only will it also help to keep vermin at bay it will also prolong the life of your soft furnishings and fixtures and fittings.
Use anti-bacterial cleaners before you head off home for the winter and make sure all surfaces are dry.
Check your seals
Regularly check your seams and seals to make sure there’s no damage and they’re not letting in any water or moisture.
Pay particular attention to the roof, windows, doors and skylights checking for any cracks, loose or missing sealant. Water ingress caused by wear and tear to seams and seals will not be covered by your static caravan insurance and will only spread if left untreated.
Also, check your air vents are clear so air can always flow through your caravan.
Let the air flow
Try to visit your static in the winter months to open it up for a little while and let some air circulate through it. Wipe away any build-up of condensation on windows and walls, and also check inside cupboards for any signs of damp and treat if necessary. When you’re staying in your caravan, avoid moisture building up by opening windows when cooking, and showering.
Soak it up
To soak up moisture in the air, place bowls of dehumidifier crystals around the caravan, or use moisture traps to try to reduce damp. We’ve even heard of caravanners who also use cat litter! It’s also worth checking these if possible through the winter to see if they need emptying/refilling.
Remove mould and mildew by wiping with a damp cloth and using an anti-mould cleaner. Dry thoroughly and then spray with clove oil mixed with water. Leave for 20 minutes and then wipe dry.
Call in the experts
If you have got a severe problem with damp in your caravan or you spot damage to your seals then it’s best to get this checked out professionally and have any damage repaired quickly. Speak to your park operator for advice on your best course of action and approved tradesmen.
Over to you…
Have you experienced damp in your holiday caravan or got any tips to share to avoid damp? Feel free to share in the comments box below.