I saw this on Facebook and thought I would post it up here. It was written by Gene & Lisa. They had a water leak in the dining room slide on the door side. They traced it to the windows weeping system was dirty and allowing the water to get in behind the wall. I have only two windows like this on my dining room slide. But I also deleted the bedroom window in the slide. So most of these rigs should have 3 of these windows that need to be addressed. With no further ado, here is their post:
Let's talk weep holes. I did a search of this group and found only a handful of posts that even mention weep holes. I knew that houses have weep holes but it never crossed my mind that RV's would have them and how important they are. Gene and I learned this lesson the hard way today.
We woke up to soppy carpet on the door slide just around the corner from the door. After the initial shock of cold water on warm feet, we set about drawing the water out with towels...the usual one would do. But as soon as we got it fairly dry, it would be soppy just a few minutes later. The carpet was wicking the water from the wall. We then noticed the wall was slightly bowed out...another clue it was coming from the wall. Ugh! Nice way to start the day...
The following pictures show our quest to find the source of the leak and fix it. I post this to hopefully save other DOG's from this experience. What I've learned from this is that preventative maintenance is key to keeping our units water tight. I see so many posts about caulking, and I certainly agree that this is of utmost importance. However, I didn't even know about this maintenance of weep holes. I clean windows and screens...I know nothing of the danger lurking below in the rubber channels. I hope this helps someone...heck, everyone. I see cleaning the rest of my window weep holes in my suite in my very near future.
Many of you will ask, "What are you gonna do about the moisture that remains in the wall and insulation?". At this point, we're not sure what we are going to do. Our goal today was just to find the source and fix it. We feel certain that it has drained all it's going to at this point,but moisture will remain in the wall. The wet area is from the lower part of the window down, assumed dry above and beside the window. The wall is bowed, but not so bad it is so noticeable. I'm sure we will do something...we just don't know exactly what and just not right now.
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