Checking Your RV Roof for Leaks

Every person who owns a motorhome knows that water damage can lead to costly repairs, which nobody wants to deal with. Of course, prevention is important but it doesn’t always keep the situation from happening. If the leak is small, you may be able to apply liquid roof and the problem will resolve itself, but often it’s more complicated.

Leaks can travel from the roof and into the ceiling where they may drip town walls and cause damage to your belongings. This can definitely make the process of repair costly, especially if you have to repair various parts of the RV. As such, while inspecting the roof is important, it’s also important to find the source of the leak and treat it immediately.

Finding Water Damage

The first thing you want to do is inspect the roof. This does not mean a quick look at it and then leaving. You want to inspect any seams, protrusions, and gaps while looking for cracked and damaged caulking. When you find problems, clean them up and immediately take care of them with your liquid roof and repair tape. Do a quick reinspection to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Only then should you move on.

Check Potential Inlets

The shower, furnace, water inlet, and other areas are potential areas where water can migrate inside. Check each of these potential problem points for water damage so you can determine where the problem is originating. If you find that one of these areas is the problem, do a repair as soon as you can or bring in a professional if you prefer.

Inspect the Walls

If you find water damage on the walls, this can lead you to where the initial point of the water seeping in is. So, check out the walls and look for any wrinkles, discolorations, and soft spots. Pay special attention to areas around doors, windows, vents, and other items of that nature.

Look in Cabinets & Cab Over

Sometimes cabinets can hide a water location so be sure to look them through. Make sure you pay attention to the top inside corners where they meet the ceiling. From there, check the cab over. This is a common point of water leakage. Feel under the mattress as well to ensure there are no wet or soft spots.

After you have looked over the entire RV, you will need to handle any problems that you found before you repair the roof damage with your trusty liquid roof. If you need to do so, an RV shop can perform a smoke test to see exactly where the leak is coming from. You can also do this at home with an air pressure test. It’s entirely up to you.

At this point, you want to use liquid roof to create a waterproof seal. It can be used to patch an area or you can use it to coat the entire roof. Check the instructions before working with it, though, to make sure that the product is compatible with the roof you have on your motorhome.