IMPORTANT NOTE – Ensure that air vents around the caravan are kept clear, not only do these help ventilate the inside of the van but also allow the release of any possible build-up of gases from your fires, cookers etc which can be extremely dangerous.
What are the effects…
Black mould growth is the most common effect of condensation, but mould can appear in many other colours on carpets, clothing and wood. It can also affect walls and ceilings and can damage our health especially for those with chest issues (e.g. asthmatics) who can suffer as a result of the airborne spores. Signs of mould tend to start forming in the coldest areas, so keep an eye on outside corners and seals/ seams. Wet areas on windowsills and floors are other clear indicators of the effects.
How to treat the effects…
If you do have any signs of mould, mildew or damp, catching it early is the key to preventing any extensive or gradually increasing damage.
If damp areas are visible, take measures to absorb any excess water from windowsills, corners of rooms or anywhere else you can see affected.
If treating areas where mildew is visible, first wipe the area with a damp cloth, cleaning off any black marks or try applying an anti-mould cleaner, this will kill any spores.
If you need any further help or guidance on condensation, please feel free to contact the advice team here at NACO!
We recently asked on our Facebook page and www.nacoservices.com for your hints and tips on condensation and here are some of your thoughts.
Dab a little washing-up liquid on a cloth and wipe windows over with it from time to time – this should stop them steaming up
Some good quality cat litter…
As long as you have an air flow, there should be no problem. Never had the problem in my caravan. At the start of a new season, get the heat on but open windows so there is a slow warm up, gradually close the windows and there should be no problem.
Purchase sodium chloride salt flakes, used in marine fish tanks? Place in plastic dishes with lids on with air holes pierced in lid
Cheaper than buying pre made ones!! Sold on ebay!!!
Dont block vents, put out loads of salt.
I buy those mini dehumidifiers from the pound shop, they work well & always trap, excess water in my van.