Winterizing Your Mobile Home

When winterizing your mobile home, there are certain goals you want to achieve,
such as, eliminating cold air from coming in, preventing hot air from escaping and
preventing any water from leaking in. Here are few tips that will help prevent any these
from occurring.

Roof: A well-maintained roof can lower your energy bills and prevent costly water
damage. The edges and seams of a metal roof should be sealed every year. In most mobile homes, there is a cavity between the roof and the ceiling with only an inch
of fiberglass insulation running under the roof. Filling in this area will help properly
insulate your mobile home.

Skirting or Foundation Enclosure: Skirting helps to maintain a steady
temperature under the home, preventing pipes from freezing and other humidity
issues. Check the skirting, skirting vents, and entry places around your home, and
make sure it’s secure and undamaged. Replace individual panels if needed.

Plumbing: When setting out to winterize a mobile home, this should be one of the
biggest areas of concern for any mobile home owner. Mobile home plumbing is
prone to freezing over during the cold winter months, so if you live in an area that may pay attention to exposed pipes. One of the easiest methods to prevent water pipes from
freezing is heat tape. Heat tape contains a heating element encased in tape that is
wrapped around water pipes, it warms the pipes and prevents freezing. And, if you
are going to leave for an extended period of time, make sure you drain all water from the

Heating, Furnace: It’s very important to make sure your manufactured home furnace
operates safely and efficiently during winter weather. Most furnace manufacturers
recommend a professional inspection every year, and your utility company may
provide a free inspection. You should replacedisposable furnace filters regularly, and
wash, brush or vacuum permanent filters.