You may not see things like winterizing in Lincoln Center Mobile Home Park or Fountain Valley Estates but we assure you this is a process mobile home occupants should take. Winterizing is a type of mobile home maintenance where you make your home optimal for the winter months, a time where serious damage can be done to the infrastructure of your home. Although there are many different ways to winterize your home here are three key points that a mobile home owner needs to do to ensure their home is ready for the winter:
- Prevent all warm air from leaking out of the house
- Make sure no cold air outside is coming in
- Take measures to prevent water pipes from freezing over
The main goal here is to make sure that the cold stays outside and the warmth stays inside. Any leaks within your home can cause you to have to keep your heater running all day and your electric bill running up as well. Proper mobile home maintenance will not only keep your home warm but will also help you keep your money where it belongs - with you!
The first step is to make sure your mobile home is keeping all the warm air in. Heat rises so it is very important you have proper roof insulation to keep the warmth in your mobile home. A lot of mobile homes have rounded bow truss roofs that are deeper in the center compared to the outside walls. You have to make sure every part of your roof, including the bow truss, is properly insulated, and if not figure out how much insulation needs to be added. This can be done by yourself but it is highly recommended to get a professional contractor for this.
After you check the insulation you can move on to smaller draft points around your home like the doors, windows, and walls. Poorly built or poorly maintained doors and windows can have gaps that will allow cold drafts to go into your home while also allowing warm air to leave your mobile home. You can apply window caulking to your windows that will help prevent any cold air from coming in. If your window cannot be helped with window caulking you might want to consider replacing your window entirely.
The last thing to check is your plumbing system. Mayn mobile homes have old plumbing systems that can easily freeze over. The best way to prevent your pipes from freezing over is to have insulated pipes that will help prevent freezing or pipe blockages. Mobile home drain systems can be tricky so we would highly recommend getting a professional to help you with this.
There are various other ways to make sure your mobile home stays warm but these three steps are a great place to start. Mobile home maintenance is so important for the longevity of your home and also the comfort of you and your family.