Preparing Your Manufactured Home for Colder Weather

By: HomeFirst Certified
October 16, 2013

Winterizing Manufactured Homes

As winter approaches, it is important to make sure that homes are prepared for the grizzly cold weather and all of the shivers that accompany it. Many homeowners are reluctant to take the necessary steps to winterize their homes because they find the process to be a bit intimidating. However, if the home is a manufactured home this is an integral part of transitioning into the cold season. Making sure the home is equipped to handle the cold weather also helps to prevent future costly repairs as well. There are a few common but important steps to take in order to prepare manufactured homes for the winter.

Application of Caulking

Winter caulking the home is a great method to help prevent drafts, leaks and any other sources of cold air creeping into the home. The ideal places to caulk with a good Polyurethane caulk is around gutters, pipes for plumbing and furnaces, areas surrounding windows and frames and just between the siding and roof. Weather-proofing the doors and windows is also an energy-saving method for the winter and helps to decrease energy bill costs. Use your hand to test draft areas in the home by placing the palm or back of your hand towards the area. If you feel a draft, seal it immediately.

Seal Roofs and Visible Cracks

Have sealant applied to the corners of the roof top annually. This prevents cold weather and water damage to the home as well. Adhere to the thickness required for the type of roof being sealed and contact a local dealer to purchase the sealant. This is another way to control winter energy costs as well as generate warmth during the winter months. Furnace, exhaust fans and water heaters are also areas that should be sealed as well. Check the roof for any cracks, damages or broken fasteners. Repair these areas as soon as they are noticed.

Secure Jacks & Adjust Tie Downs

It is also a good idea to make sure the jacks that support the home are in top condition. They should be repaired in an effort to prevent the home from sagging. This condition leads to damage of the doors, windows, walls or joints. Consider loosening the tie downs a bit if the winter generally produces freezing temperatures. An iced ground is known to heave anywhere from 2 to 3 inches during an icy winter. The tie down leaves no space for the home to move or adjust to the heaving. Structural damage can be caused by heaving if the ties aren’t loosened. Periodically check the skirting of the manufactured home during the winter. Assure that it is stable but not too tight. During the winter remove any ice that is on the skirting that could cause a malfunction of the furnace which could lead to decreased air supply.

Preparation Prevents Excessive Repair Costs

Michigan is typically known for cold winters. The temperatures reached can be extremely damaging to a manufactured home that isn’t properly prepared for the cold weather. Taking a few steps to properly seal the home will prevent major damage that could lead to extensive costs in the near future. Seal the home and have a warm winter.

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