If you have recently found water getting into your RV, the obvious reaction is for you to be alarmed and stressed about a possible leak. Before getting too upset it’s worth it to know that there are steps you can take to find and then fix the RV leak in the right way, all on your own, and without having to spend exorbitant amounts of money in the process. With just a little bit of knowledge, there’s no reason fixing a leak can’t be a DIY project that you can tackle.
Inspect for Leaks
Unfortunately with water leaks people don’t tend to realize there is a problem until it’s pretty big. So the best thing to do is to inspect for leaks on a regular basis, and to be aware of any moisture that gathers in places that shouldn’t have it. With RV’s it is very common for water and moisture to build in between the exterior and interior walls, and this can lead to mold if it isn’t detected in time.
If you suspect a leak but it isn’t yet fully visible yet, you can always do a little investigating by removing screws and taking a closer look. As you remove the screws, be sure to take a close look at them. How do they look? If they show any signs of rust on them, they could very well be corroding due to a leak. As for the walls themselves, be on the lookout for any discoloration, peeling, or wrinkling.
One of the most important places to look is the roof of your RV. Begin by giving it a good clean so you’ll be able to see the condition of the roof and if there are any potential problems. Pay particular attention to seams, as this is typically where you’ll find leaks. Another issue can be with the sealant that is on your roof. Make sure it is still in good condition without cracks, punctures, or peeling.
Your inspection should include more than just a visual inspection of the roof, exterior, and interior walls. Feel around for any spots that feel soft to the touch, as they could be a source of water leakage.
Repairing the Leak
So now that you’ve found the leak, it’s time to fix it. The best way to go about this is head to your local RV dealer to get their advice on the best materials to use. If you’re repairing the roof you want to look for a high quality sealant that won’t just fix the leak temporarily but will offer long-term results. These sealants tend to be very easy to apply and work with, and they are usually quite cost-effective.
When it comes to the patch job, it’s always wise to repair an area a little large than the leak itself. Take your time with the repair and don’t rush it.
By inspecting your RV for leaks on a regular basis the hope is that you can stop problems before they become big, and that means they will be easy enough for you to fix.