Mold and Mildew Growth In Your RV


The four letter no one wants to hear, especially when it comes to your RV.

Mold can do extensive damage to your RV and more importantly, your health.

Especially if you have mold under your mattress (if you do, check out this Hypervent condensation prevention matting).

As an RV Owner, it is important to know what causes mold and how to identify it

If it is a problem in your RV, it’s especially important to know how to remove it.

Mold is caused by mold spores (which are naturally present in our environment) that find a moist, dark place to grow.  RVs are especially good incubators for these spores since they are frequently closed up and stored for long periods of time.  When an RV is stored, moisture can get trapped inside the RV and help to feed the mold growth.

Stored RVs aren’t the only problem though. If there is a leaky pipe somewhere in your RV, or there is a leak in the roof, that can also lead to mold problems.

So, how do know if you have a mold problem in your RV? Your first clue is smell. If there is a musty, dank smell somewhere in your RV, you may have a mold problem. Another way to identify it is by looking for black, blue, green, or white stains on your RV walls, carpet, or other flooring.

Prevention is the best way to keep mold out of your RV,  so hopefully, before you find any mold, you will take some steps to prevent it from forming.

Here are a few ways to prevent mold from attacking your RV:

  • Inspect plumbing under and around sinks, shower, and toilet. Repair any leaks found.
  • Inspect the RV roof. Check for any broken seams, dried or cracked caulking, tears or holes. Re-caulk if needed, repair seams, tears, or holes as necessary.
  • Improve ventilation in your RV. If you’re using your RV, open the windows and turn on fans to increase air circulation.
  • If high humidity is a problem, use a dehumidifier in your RV. You can use either a dehumidifying machine or a product like DampRid to pull moisture out of the air.

If you happen to find mold in your RV, it is best to remove it right away. This can be done by using a bleach solution or some other mold/mildew removing solution.

Be sure that all causes of mold (leaky pipes, too much moisture, etc.) are taken care of as well, or your mold problem is likely to return soon after you’ve cleaned it.

What about mold under the mattress?
Another common place for mold to grow in an RV is under your mattress. Lack of air circulation (along with condensation from body heat) can make the space under your mattress a prime spot for mold to grow.

There are dry mesh products on the market that go under your mattress and act as an open airway.  These mesh products allow air to circulate and prevent mold.  If you have this kind of issue or want to learn more about how to prevent mold from forming under your mattress, contact Mattress Insider at 1-888-488-1468 today.

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