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Many people today, particularly those whose children have grown and no longer need the space and work of a larger home, opt for mobile homes or manufactured housing.

While the work is somewhat lessened, there are still things that are necessary to make certain thatyour mobile home is ready for winter.

The steps you take now to maintain your home will help you to prevent expensive repairs and will also help your home to be more energy efficient and far safer when winters rigorous winds and/or snow set in.

It will take some planning to winterize a mobile home and a bit of effort but its not difficult and is well worth your time in preventing leaks, drafts, heat lost through the various means and the dangers involved in wintertime heating.

One of your best friends during this season will be a few tubes of polyurethane caulking, which is an excellent all around sealant to prevent drafts and leaks. SOme of the places that you need to check and cault are the gutter and downspout, furnace ventilation piping, the flashign seams between your roof and siding and around all door and window frames.

Be sure to also check the dryer vents and around where the pipes feed into the home.

Weather stripping, not only around doors but also windows will be a good investment, a very inexpensive heat saving device. TO find heat loss, select a windy day and hold your hand at the edge of the windows and doors. Anywhere that you can feel any cooler air entering is somewhere that you need to address with the weather stripping.

Be certain that your roof s well coated prior to the onset of winter weather to prevent what could be some very costly water damage. Coat the edges and seams of the metal roofing as well as any expansion joints. This should ideally be done every fall. Apply it on a warm, but not hot day, and use the recommended thickness to coat.

Put a very good seal around the vent caps of the furnace as well as water heaters, exhaust fans and be certain to repair any cracks or punctures prior to doing so.
While coating the roof remember to step on joists and not in between them to prevent accidents or further roof damage.
Check all the blocks or jacks that are supporting your home. IF they are not in good repair, have them repaired or replace them.

Loosen the tie downs to your home if you live in an area where there will be a solid freeze of the ground. The earth can heave as much as several inches, and if your home is tied down too tightly the result will be structural damages to the home. When spring does arrive remember to tie down more tightly again.

Double check all the skirting, and make sure it is securely fastened but not too tight or else it will stop ventilation.

Frozen pipes can mean serious trouble and expense in a home such as this. One of the simplest methods to prevent water pipes from freezing is with heat tapes. These contain a heating element encased in a tape that is wrapped around water pipes. The heating element warms the pipes and prevents freezing. If you install the heat tape, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If you have a heat tape already installed, make certain it’s still operative. If it is worn or loose, replace it. Make sure you never overlap heat tape – it can cause a fire.

You should replace disposable furnace filters regularly and those which are permanents make certain that you remove, dust or wash them and replace them. Check also the exhaust vent from the furnace and keep roof exhaust vents clear of excess snow build-up.

Inspect blower motor. Vacuum any accumulated dirt. Inspect belt and pulleys for wear. If the belt moves more than an inch when you push it, tighten it. Most mobile home furnaces draw air from beneath the home, so keep four to six vents in the skirting to allow free air passage.

Last but certainly not least do not forget to make sure that you check all fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in your home and keep one near the furnace and another in your kitchen, clearly marked and be certain that everyone knows where they are. Use an extinguisher that is suitable to be used on class a, b, or c, fires.

Finally, don’t forget to check your fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. Keep one fire extinguisher in the kitchen and another near the furnace. Use a multiple-purpose dry chemical extinguisher suitable for use on Class A, B and C fires.

Test your smoke detectors often to be sure they’re operational, and replace batteries before the weather gets cold. There should be at least two of them, one in the kitchen area and one outside of the bedrooms to assure that they are effective in doing their job.

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