Water is the nemesis of your RV. While we all need and appreciate water and rain, it can cause some serious damage to your RV that is going to be expensive to repair, so you want to make sure that your vehicle is not in any danger when it comes to leaks. You need to do a thorough inspection both inside and outside of the RV at least a couple of times per year to make sure you find any leaks. If you are not careful, the damage from the water can destroy the walls, the flooring, the electronics, and more in your RV.
The roof can be quite deceptive though. You might not immediately notice any holes or cracks in the roof where the water might be able to get into the RV. Therefore, you need to pay extra attention when you are going through the RV looking for leaks. Don’t just go through the motions with a routine checklist. Get up close and look for even the smallest potential problems, and do not ignore them. Even if it looks like it is just a tiny hairline crack, this can cause serious problems within the RV.
What Should You Look for in Your RV Concerning Leaks?
Being thorough is the name of the game when it comes to looking for leaks. You will want to get up on top of the roof and then get up close to the roof to look for any problems. This is especially important when you are looking at the areas around vents, air conditioners, and any other areas where the manufacture put holes in the roof to accommodate different devices. These are the areas that are typically going to cause problems that will necessitate roof leaks repair.
You should also feel around the various areas of the roof to see if you can feel any soft spots or if you can see any type of discoloration, even though it might look minor. These are indicators that you have a leak that is going to need to be fixed before the damage gets any worse.
However, even if you do not see any noticeable issues, it does not mean that there are no leaks. You will also want to go inside of your RV and look for issues. Check the walls and the wallpaper looking for any bits of discoloration or potential water damage. Check inside of the cabinets, as well. You will especially want to look for areas where the walls meet up with the ceiling. Look around the flooring, as well, and around the shower and toilet areas for leaks.
You really do need to take your time when you are looking for roof leaks. Repair is only possible once you realize that you have a leak, and you want to make sure that you are thorough when checking. If you prefer, you could have someone else, even a professional, double-check the RV to look for potential leaks.
Roof Leaks Repair and Preventative Measures
When you find a problem with the roof, you need to start your roof leaks repair as soon as possible, and certainly before the rainy season comes. You can add caulking around vents, skylights, and other areas of the roof if you have noticed that the caulking is peeling away or is brittle. You can add fiberglass patches to larger cracks and holes in the roof. In addition, you should add a coat of Liquid Roof on the surface of the roof. This will provide an added barrier between the water and your RV and can stop leaks. This is one of the best and simplest preventative measures you can do.