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Message posted by gaby on 20/8/2017 at 3:28pm
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I have damp mould in winter in my residential park home. I want to cut out the damp patches and then insulate them on the outside. Can anyone give advice please. I think I need some type of insulation boards and breathable weatherproof paint

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have you considered recladding the whole van ?? you could insert additional insulation between the cladding and the original and no need to cut bits out so long as its dry and not rotten. upvc planking for the cladding will ensure very little maintenance and no rot/damp penetration of fitted properly.

you could do it in stages if you can afford to reclad the whole van in one go, just do one side at a time? check first with your site owner though !!

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Thank you Mr B. I will look into this, though really just want to do the damp patches as this looks a huge job

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when you start to 'cut out' the damp patches, you may be surprised by just how much you have to cut out ! cladding in pvc will prob increase the value of the van!

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Its an old van......and I intend to stay here till the end. Just want the cheapest way to stop the mould and damp in the winter

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well I would try to find the source of the damp and sort the problem out, rather than replacing with something that will just get damp again.

you can remove windows and apply new mastic before refitting, if that's the cause? check your gutters are not overflowing and leaking onto joints etc - we had case where the gutter was leaking fro the joint - this leak was right above the catch for holding the door closed. the water somehow found its way along the screw and onto the internal wall cladding, causing it to start to discolour. cost me about 2 quid to fix what appeared to be a major damp problem, the wall dried out reasonably well, but not perfectly.

you may find that if your gutters are leaking from the joints, then that may be the actual cause of the damp, sort that out and stop it getting worse

are you sure the 'mould' isn't being caused by condensation due to a lack of ventilation in the winter?? make sure the air vents are not blocked and follow the general guidelines for condensation issues in any domestic property if you're living there over the winter, if not then we always remove all the curtains which allows the sun to naturally dry out our van rather than create a dark and damp van for mould to thrive by closing all the curtains

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very kind of you to help me. will check the gutters. windows are ok. I get condensation indoors in the winter and some mould, so I have bought a dehumidifier for this year. I think one of the problems is the gas central heating which I try not to use too much as very very expensive as from one large tank for the site. I just wanted to make it warmer in the winter.....

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we use a paraffin heater - its very good, cost effective and less vapour produced (at least that's how it seems) - do a search on ebay for zibro or inverter paraffin heater and you will see the type I'm talking about, theyre not the old fashioned heaters, they have fans and can heat the whole caravan. they even come with a timer so can be set to come on at a specific time and t a specific temperature


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O wow..that sounds good. Thanks
I will search now

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We had a static caravan refurbished.

We had these fitted :- Celotex Insulation PL4050 Thermal Laminate 50mm Plus 12.5mm 2400mm x 1200mm

On the outside we had 25mm thickness polystyrene cladding fitted. This, and new double glazed windows has bumped up the EPC Rating to 'A'

Of course we did have a new combination boiler (Alpha InTex 25XE) fitted.
Gives us a very long time before replacing the 2*47Kg Propane gas bottles (cost 89/pair)

But not cheap for just a short lifespan of the caravan though.

Regards James

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In the beginning there was darkness.
Then I bought a tent.
I'm not destitute, I'm just poor.

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Thanks . Sounds a bit pricey from.....

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its always better to insulate rather than spend on fuel !!!


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