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How to stop damp in a caravan over winter

Worried that unwelcome damp might make living in your caravan over the cooler months a misery? To help you overcome these unwanted winter-related caravan issues, we explain some of our top damp-defeating tips below.

Understanding the causes of damp

Before you can learn how to stop damp in a caravan over winter, it’s important to understand the primary causes of damp. Poor ventilation, water ingress, and excess moisture from condensation are some of the most common causes of damp in caravans.

When common everyday activities like cooking, showering, and drying clothes are taking place within the caravan, moisture is released into the air. Without proper ventilation or heating control, this moisture can quickly build up and create a humid environment, making the walls and other items in the caravan damp.

Water can also make its way into the caravan from outside via a hole, crack, or damaged seal somewhere on the caravan. As a result, damp can be caused by both internal activities and external issues that compromise the barrier between the outside environment and your caravan.

How to stop damp in a caravan over winter

If you want to stop damp in its tracks well before you start to feel its unwelcome impact, it pays to be prepared. Why not explore our top damp-beating ideas below to find out what you can do to help?

Pre-winter inspection

A pre-winter inspection is essential for identifying and rectifying any external caravan issues before the colder months begin. You should inspect both the inside and the outside of the caravan, looking for any cracks, broken or loose components that could allow water inside. 

Inspect the doors and windows (including the seals around the doors and windows) for any damage, ensure there’s no signs of water ingress or damp (such as rot, a damp smell, loss of heat, or water marks), and don’t forget to inspect the structure itself to check for rust that could be letting in water.

Proper ventilation

Moisture, and therefore damp, can start to accumulate quickly when cooking, showering, and drying clothes inside your caravan. One simple way to combat this is to keep windows open, take advantage of vents, and keep your fans on while these activities are happening to stop moisture settling on surfaces.

With the right ventilation (including cooker hoods and bathroom extractor fans), you’ll be able to remove moisture, as well as other unwanted odours and pollutants from your caravan.

Moisture control

While ventilation with fans, vents, and open windows is one way to help control moisture, you can also combat excess moisture with a dehumidifier. Gradual heating the caravan can also help to tackle an excess of moisture, rather than heating the entire caravan quite rapidly.

Insulation and heating

It’s no secret that poor insulation leads to a colder home as warm air is allowed to escape, and this is no different for caravans. Proper insulation inside your caravan is therefore essential to ensuring it remains warm and doesn’t succumb to related issues like mould and dampness. 

Seasonal tips

During the colder winter months, you may not be keen to open all the windows when cooking, showering, or drying clothes. Instead, in an effort to combat moisture and therefore damp, you may want to consider running a mains-powered dehumidifier inside the caravan for the day and then continuing to run the dehumidifier every week or so.

Post-winter maintenance

While a thorough pre-winter inspection is crucial, post-winter maintenance is just as important. Poor weather conditions can worsen small areas of damage, transforming them into bigger, more serious and expensive issues.

Rather than leave these compromised areas to develop and allow damp to take hold of your caravan, you should carry out post-winter maintenance. Giving your caravan a service and thorough clean to ensure you don’t miss any problems is vital.

Protect your caravan with Seals Direct

As explored above, water ingress is one of the major causes of damp within caravans and motorhomes. Unfortunately, loose, cracked, or damaged caravan and motorhome window seals can let water into the structure, causing damp and damage.

Fortunately, we have an extensive range of seals and trims not only for the windows of caravans, but also for the doors, hatches, battery boxes, awnings, gutters, lockers, and sinks. With high-quality seals that have been properly fitted, you can keep the interior of your caravan dry and damage-free.

If you’d like to find out more about how to stop damp in a caravan over winter using caravan seals or are looking for answers to other caravan seal-related enquiries, please feel free to contact the knowledgeable team here at Seals Direct.

Alternatively, you can always give us a call on 01425 617722 or submit your enquiry to our friendly sales team at sales@sealsplusdirect.co.uk.

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