For many the RVing season is over for the year and it’s time to put your RV in storage for the Winter. But did you know that winterization will not stop mold growth, leaving you and your family vulnerable?
But did you winterize your RV for mold?
Winterization will not stop mold growth, leaving you and your family vulnerable! Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as areas in your RV where condensation forms, are ideal environments for the growth of mold. Penicillium and Aspergillus are two common mold toxic molds that love to colonate HVAC systems. And if you have recurring moisture, particularly wood products, that's where you will find the Black Mold - and the means rot and corrosionare undersay.
Here are some tips on preventing mold growth to your RV this Winter:
Reduce condensation sources
One of the best ways of doing that is stopping it before it starts. Look at activities that may lead to the addition of moisture into your RV. Things like hanging wet towels to dry and bowling water, without a place for the steam to go, can add to the humidity in your vehicle. Make sure to open the window. Also regularly check the drain pans, where mold can grow when standing water becomes an issue.
Use a dehumidifier
We know that you can’t avoid all moisture build up, so investing in a dehumidifier will lessen the condensation that can result in pathogens and mold growing during the winter months.
Make sure your AC filters are cleaned and replaced
Keeping your filters clean and new will enhance the protection your RV needs. New RV filters work like air filtration systems to reduce the buildup of pathogens and mold spores, as well as reduce allergies.
Use a HVAC mold inhibitor
An important extra step to take is to introduce a HVAC mold inhibitor which can prevent mold in your HVAC system. The best out there is a PURIFYD SYSTEMS treatment done by your RV service professional!
Seal any cracks you find
Check around the windows and doors to make sure seals aren’t cracked. Also look for any damage that may have occurred from low lying branches, which may cause any small leaks.
Dry your awning
It’s always best to make sure that you don’t put your awning away wet. It is important that it is dried first.