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Old 10-15-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Water and Padded Ceiling

I am full timing it now and developed my first roof leak. We are on day 3 of heavy rain and gusting winds. Yesterday I woke up to a dripping sound. There was water leaking around the bathroom vent and even though a leak is not good news, I lucked out in that it was leaking into the toilet. By evening it started to leak around another corner so a bucket to collect that. Within an hour it started dripping out of every opening in the ceiling panel.

I secured the electricity and pulled the trim ring around the vent. No visible source of water noted from the inside and it is not safe to check the roof yet. I found the padded ceiling has absorbed large amounts of water in the foam backing. I have been using a smooth rounded can to squeegee the water from beyond the distant leaks to the vent opening. I am quite amazed at the large volume of water I have been getting out so far and how quickly it refills. Besides me rolling objects along the ceiling, does anyone have any other ideas for extracting the water? I'd like to get it dry to avoild rotting and mold since I have 19 years of payments left. Since I am full timing it, I really can't take and leave it for repairs.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:24 AM   #2
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John, we had the same problem last night! Water was dripping from one corner of the Fantastic vent fan. It was over the lavatory so we put a pan with a washcloth in it to catch the water. When we bought the MH two years ago I resealed every opening on the roof!

I'll be following the thread to see if anyone has any ideas!
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:30 AM   #3
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Yes, and what's worse, is that once you have found and stopped the leaks, ( been there done that ) you are left with darkened stains on the fabric ceiling. I have yet to find a good way to eliminate those.
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Once you get the leak stopped I would run a dehumidifier for weeks or months to get the moister out of the coach after whatever way you used to get the most of it out. Fans help also. Good luck.
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Agree that you need to run a dehumidifier constantly for a long time to prevent mold. I didn't run it long enough and mold formed which cost a fortune to only mostly rid the coach of it. Day not make my mistake! Stains in the ceiling are hard to get rid of because of the glue. It just keeps coming back. I finally had to replace the ceiling. Work on drying it out as much as possible now. I wish I had some words of wisdom for you.
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I had a leak around a air conditioner that got into the padded ceiling a little, I used a wet dry vac to suck out as much as I could then ran a small fan for about a month I guess it worked I don't see any stains or mold after about a year. It hadn't saturated the ceiling as much as you described so you may need to work at it. There is a hanging bag that absorbs moisture not sure where I found them but the web site is www.damprid.com these may help and could be placed wherever you need them.
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Yes, and what's worse, is that once you have found and stopped the leaks, ( been there done that ) you are left with darkened stains on the fabric ceiling. I have yet to find a good way to eliminate those.

Try full strength hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle use a scrub brush to work it in then blot dry. Worked for us
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Water and Padded Ceiling

Another product reportedly used to effectively remove water stains from the ceiling is "Instagone" (www.instagone.com). I haven't personally tried this solution but it is referred to quite positively in post #5 of the following thread.
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Hope this helps when the time comes...
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Damp rid products that Elf111 mentions work well. We always stored our coach with a few of those. Lowes and Home Depot carry them
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I would personally go to Home Depot and pick up some Mold Control spray and spray some of that on the ceiling to prevent any mold from growing, while using some high strength fans blowing on the ceiling for about 4-5 days. We had a pipe break in our home a while back which caused moisture in our walls. The mold guys came out and used the process described and prevented the problem.

Verify if you left the vent slightly open or not. If not, it's probably a sealant leak up on the roof. Pickup some self leveling Dicor to fix your leak on the roof. I would use alcohol to clean all around that vent, even clean the Dicor that is already up there, and apply more Dicor where needed. If your original Dicor up there is badly cracked, you might want to scrap it with a spatula then apply a fresh seal.
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Thanks to everyone for all the advice so far. The vent is fully shut so when the rain finally stops, I'll be climbing up to see what needs to be done.

I see a recommendation for self leveling Dicor to reseal around the vent. Are there any products I should absolutely avoid?
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I had a roof leak in a prior motorhome and it was a real mess, in my case the leak originated in the roof quite a few feet away from where it was showing up in the motorhome so be sure to check the roof completely, water likes to travel.

I used heat to dry out the ceiling after getting as much water out as possible, the benefit to using heat is its a much quicker and I think more complete way of drying.

Good Luck in your repairs.
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Thanks to everyone for all the advice so far. The vent is fully shut so when the rain finally stops, I'll be climbing up to see what needs to be done.

I see a recommendation for self leveling Dicor to reseal around the vent. Are there any products I should absolutely avoid?
Dicor is what they use from the factory to seal around the vents on the roof. Camping World carries it and so does Amazon.
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I picked up the Dicor but the rain has yet to stop. Still forcing the water out of the padding.
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