One of the best things about owning a caravan is that it really is a like a little home that you can take with you. However, much like a more static home, caravans need a bit of care and maintenance to keep them in the best shape possible. One of the keys to this is keeping an eye out for – and dealing promptly with – damp.
Recognising the Signs
It’s important to keep a weather eye out for the initial signs of damp accumulating in your caravan. The sooner you spot it, the sooner you can act on it, and keep the lasting damage to a minimum. Some key symptoms to look out for:
- A musty smell in the caravan.
- Black marks around the windows and doors.
- Staining on the walls.
- A soft feeling to the walls when pressed lightly with fingertips.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. The best advice here is really the most obvious too: keep your caravan clean and dry as much as you can. Some additional tips:
- If your caravan tends to stay locked up for months at a time, visit it periodically and let some air circulate.
- Always open your bathroom and kitchen windows as much as possible, especially after the shower’s been used.
- If any soft furnishings or other fabric materials in the caravan get so wet that they’re unable to dry, remove and replace as soon as possible.
- Avoid gas fires! They produce steam whilst running which will create condensation and damp.
Preventing damp in your caravan is just as important as preventing damp in your home. Not only can the presence of damp causes real damage to your caravan over time, it can also affect your health. Conditions such as asthma and skin problems can all be exacerbated by damp.
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