Oh no..Found some dreaded damp

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  1. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    Mums eyesight isn't great but when she was up making my over cab bed she spotted a very little mould on the paper covering.

    I've pulled the paper back to reveal this. It's where the over cab side meets the front. There is at tiny hole in the wood under the seal. 20150330_102727.jpg 20150330_102727.jpg 20150330_102011.jpg
    Do you think we might have caught it early.
    What should I do to stop it getting worse as we can't put it in for repair for a few weeks since we will be using it.
    How much do you think it will cost to fix?
     
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    The answer is outside not inside. Look at the joints and maybe do a temporary repair with silicon till you can do a proper job which might mean removing aluminium strips.
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    I've heard people talking about silkaflex. Which shops sell it. I can only see it online?
     
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    Screwfix stock it but not the whole range, think they have the one you need thou
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    Think I've read somewhere it's 512?
    Thx will try Screw fix.
     
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    Screwfix stock Sikaflex EBT. When I needed to do some sealing I was told that EBT is the same as 512. Whether that is true I don't know - but it worked OK.
     
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    Good luck Sandra.

    Get it sealed and dried out - hopefully the repair won't take long or cost much.
     
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    Hope its not too serious and you get it fixed soon.:(
     
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    If it doesn't feel damp it might be that the previous owner fixed it but didn't change the lining which could be awkward to get at

    Might be worth a quick call to them, they might even know a bit more about it

    If it is still damp, my suggestion would be to get it to somebody to sort out, sealant is not east to apply in the hands of the untrained (me very included in that), also somebody who does it for a living will have a better idea where to look, damp will track along things, so it may not be leaking in right alongside where it appears inside

    Good luck
     
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    Maybe time to invest in a damp meter, all MHs should have one.
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    I have one but don't want to poke holes in MH.
    Just picked up silkaflex at Screwfix. Will give it a go as a temporary measure.
    Does it have to be dry outside? Still pouring of rain.
    Bloody Scottish weather!
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    No they would be really upset if they found it. Very genuine people
     
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    I didn't mean that they weren't genuine, but we had a leak on our previous MH, got it fixed properly from the outside, but did not do the lining above the drop down bed due to expense, it didn't look pretty but was no longer damp and only seen when that bed was in use (very rare). They might have fixed it before you bought it

    Or do you know it has only appeared since you got it?

    Last weekend has been a bad one for you, that Scottish horizontal rain is not one of your countries better features :D
     
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    If you are just doing a temporary fix till you can get the job done properly then try this product from the outside. The likes of sika etc are only really suitable for the proper repair, Captain Tolleys will do what it says on the tin:)

    http://www.captaintolley.com/
     
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    A few dents is nothing, damp certainly is.

    Don't know about damp/sealant.

    But damp meter, I had a holy one but bought a non holy one after Techno and GJH posted a good cheap one on ebay. £20 is a good investment for this type of problem, catch it before it becomes a disaster.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/sis.html?...+LED+Drywall+Masonry+4+modes&_id=271480282965
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    Can you check your link please. I can't get it up.
     
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    For temp repairs I have used Wickes Clear All Weather Sealant. It is polymer based and can be used in the wet. Just wipe the surface before you apply it. You can do a more permanent job in better weather.
     
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    Hi Sandra if you are going to Chester and have some steps/ladder I can seal it for you ----I am only going in a small van and won't have much with me but if I know you want it done I can bring sealant /stuff with me ---toolstation do a sealant called PURASEAL 40 @ £4 ISH A TUBE if you want to DIY
    terry
     
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    Brian's link was to a search results page so maybe that has now gone. Try This.
     
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