Checklist to Prepare Your Mobile Home for Colder Weather

Checklist to Prepare Your Mobile Home for Colder Weather

As the air becomes colder and the leaves turn into different shades of autumn, it’s important to prepare your mobile home for the coming season to prevent costly repairs and ensure that you’ll be comfortable when the winter arrives. 

 

Here is the checklist to prepare your mobile home for colder weather. 

 

Tidy up your yard and front porch.

Removing soggy leaves, fallen branches, and other debris is one surefire way to deter wintering pests from entering your home. 

 

Clean your gutter.

The general advice is to clean your gutter at least twice a year, ideally during spring and right before winter; however, the frequency depends on your roof type and whether your mobile home is close to mature trees. With good drainage, you can prevent damages to the roof and exterior of your home. 

 

Check your roof.

Check for any damage like missing shingles and warping in your roof and flashing. When you ignore even the slightest crack or soft spot, chances are it will worsen because of the trapped moisture and wintering animals and pests that can find their way into your home. 

 

You may also need to reseal or recoat your roof, which is a great way to keep your indoor temperature consistent and your mobile home dry. 

 

Protect your pipes.

To prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, turn off your exterior faucets and drain water from your sprinkler system and outdoor pipes and hoses. You may also want to cover them with insulation to further protect them from the cold weather. 

 

Do winter caulking. 

Caulking your window and door frames, pipes for furnaces and plumbing, and gutters is an excellent way to prevent air leaks and moisture from creeping into your mobile home. Not only does it ensure that you have a comfortable indoor temperature, but it also helps reduce your heating cost. 

 

To test if the frames around your windows, doors, and pipes have a draft, place the palm of your hands toward the area. If you feel a rush of air, it only means that you need to seal the area. 

 

Check your mobile home skirting. 

Your home’s skirting is the enclosure that insulates and protects pipes, wires, and wheels and axles under the floor. If you see any hole or damage, immediately seal it to protect it from wintering animals, moisture, and draft.

 

Nevertheless, your skirting also requires good ventilation so that excess humidity can escape, which in turn prevents mold and mildew growth. A good rule of thumb is to have1 sq ft of venting for every 150 sq ft of space under your mobile home. 

 

Clean your siding. 

Your siding needs regular cleaning to prevent mold and mildew growth. Nowadays, the most common type of siding used in mobile homes is vinyl, which you can easily clean with water and detergent. But if you see mildew–it usually has a fluffy or powdery texture and has a white, gray, or yellow color–you may need a stronger cleaning solution consisting of 1:3 bleach and water. 

 

During winter, you also need to remove any ice buildup on the skirting to prevent your furnace from malfunctioning due to reduced air supply. 

 

Check your mobile home’s jacks. 

Right before winter, make sure that you loose tie-downs a bit to prevent structural damage caused by ground heaving, which happens during cold, icy weather. Also, make sure that the jacks that support your mobile home have no damage.

 

Check your insulation. 

Aside from recaulking, another way to improve the energy efficiency of your mobile home is to add insulation to outside walls. Silicone is perceived as one of the best exterior insulation because it’s breathable (so it prevents moisture buildup) and can be custom-mixed to the color you want. 

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