With the storms we’ve been having so far this spring in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, it’s no surprise that many RVs have experienced major storm damage. From tree branches falling on motorhome roofs to windshields being shattered by hailstones, there is already plenty of RV damage to repair in our area. One of the biggest problems we tend to see at Coach Specialists of Texas starting around this time of year and lasting through early fall is mold growth. When water seeps in after a major storm and isn’t dealt with in time, it can cause a mold problem to occur. If you don’t know much about mold, it can be very dangerous to your health, causing all kinds of disturbing symptoms ranging from mild respiratory problems to major lung infections. The last thing you want to do is spend hours and hours on the road surrounded by this toxic stuff. And, since we’ll likely get many more bad storms this year, we want you to know how to handle mold if you do discover you have a problem.
You can’t cover up mold.
Mold is quite hardy and will certainly resist any of your attempts at covering it up. If you have a simple spot of mildew, that’s one thing. But if you have had storm damage, flooding, and any other major water catastrophe that has led to a real mold problem, you won’t be able to bleach it away or mask it with paint; the mold will persevere through it all.
So what can you do?
The only successful way to get rid of mold completely is to remove all traces of it. That means if your carpet and upholstery have been affected, these items need to be replaced and your flooring will need to be inspected for contamination, as well. If your cabinetry and walls have mold growth, they will also need to be removed and replaced. Unfortunately, there’s no quick workaround when it comes to saving your motorhome from a mold invasion.
Don’t forget to address the source.
If you deal with your mold problem, but neglect to repair what caused the moisture in the first place, you’ll be defeating the purpose. Be sure to carefully inspect your roof for compromised seams and punctures. Ensure that your plumbing is intact. Seal all windows and doors properly. Eliminate excess humidity in the summer with a dehumidifier. Be as thorough as you can at eliminating the source of your problem and you’ll reduce the likelihood of future mold outbreaks.
Do you have questions about storm damage or water damage to your motorhome?
At Coach Specialists of Texas, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have about storm damage, hail damage, water damage, and more. Our technicians are specially trained in all aspects of RV repair and can handle any type of storm damage your motorhome has experienced. For your convenience, we have two additional locations for drop-offs: Plano and Denton, Texas. If you schedule a drop-off at either location, we will bring your RV the rest of the way to our facilities in Dallas for repairs. Our mission is to get you back on the road quickly and hassle-free.