Before the temperature drops below freezing point, you need to prepare your mobile home for the winter lest you end up having costly damages like bursting pipes, cracked pavement, and holes in the roof. Failure to winterize your dwelling could also mean high heating costs and an uncomfortable indoor environment.
Most people think that winterization only pertains to measures that prevent freezing and bursting pipes–e.g., purging all the water content from the plumbing system, draining the water heater, and turning off the main valve. While these tips are critical to prevent expensive repairs, it’s equally important to protect the mobile home’s skirting and roof and make every effort to improve its energy efficiency.
Read on our easy hacks to prepare your mobile home this winter.
Ice can damage your roof through the process of thawing and freezing. As snow melts, water seeps into tiny holes. When the temperature drops again, the water refreezes, ripping open the gaps; this process is repeated over and over again, wreaking havoc to the roof.
The best way to prevent roof damage during winter is to keep your attic well ventilated. Ventilation and insulation are critical because they keep temperatures relatively even. For this same reason, you should also leave your roof vents during the winter.
Closing the vents makes the attic space too warm and conducive for mold and mildew growth.
Check your heater for cracks and other signs of damage, especially in the valves and drain lines. And if yours is more than 12-15 years old, it’s a good idea to replace it rather than risk having your old water heater die on you in the dead of winter.
Door and windows
Drafty doors and windows cause your heating system to work harder than necessary, which in turn spikes up your electricity bills. Fortunately, there are simple hacks to winterize them with cheap and easy DIY projects.
You can make your windows more energy efficient by applying a transparent adhesive plastic called window films. Another option is to caulk their frame or install foam tapes or rubber to prevent cold air creeping in and out of the gaps.
For the exterior doors, you can winterize them by installing door snakes (also called door sweep) to their bottom. Not only do they prevent cold drafts from entering your mobile home, but they also keep crawling insects at bay.
To further improve the energy efficiency of your door, caulk their frame and lock them with a deadbolt. By creating a tighter seal, the cold air can’t easily creep into your home while heat from your furnace stays inside.
If you’re living in a house whose insulation is more than 15-20 years old, you may want to replace it to improve the energy efficiency of your dwelling. Due to compression and movement, throughout the years the insulation materials lose their R-Value, which is their resistance to conductive heat flow.
In recent years, fiberglass insulation has been the most commonly used material for insulating manufactured homes in Fernley NV in winter because of its high R-Value rating, resistance to fire and rot, sound-absorbing properties, and above all, it is affordable and easy to install.
It’s ideal to schedule your yearly HVAC maintenance and tune-up before winter to ensure that you’ll have a comfortable environment throughout the cold season.
Meanwhile, don’t make it a habit to turn off your heating system during the winter. Some people think that it can help them save on electricity without realizing that this could lead to “collateral damage” such as freezing and bursting pipes and cracked pavement. The general rule of thumb is to ensure that your indoor temperature is not lower than 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mobile home skirting
A properly installed and well-ventilated skirting precludes the need for floor insulation. For this reason, you need to protect it from snow and ice during the winter months; you can do this by shoveling snow away from the panels to prevent dents and other damage.
If you live in a region where the ground freezes solid, it’s important that you slightly loosen your mobile home’s tie-downs before the winter. Remember, frozen ground shifts by a few inches, which is enough to cause significant structural damage to your home.
Exposed pipes can freeze and burst during the winter. To prevent this costly damage, wrap heat tapes (also called freezing tapes) around the pipes.
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