Winterizing a Manufactured Home
Posted on: October 25, 2016 by Aegis Security Insurance
Winter is only a few shorts weeks away, and the fall chill has already started to set in throughout most of the country. As winter approaches, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to secure their investments with a Manufactured Home Insurance Program. Here are a few ways to prepare the home for the stormy weather and protect it against leaks, heat loss, drafts and winter-related perils.
- Gaps and cracks can be a nightmare for manufactured home owners as they enable warm air to escape and moisture to coagulate. Experts recommend that homeowners seal their windows, door, gutters, seams and other joining points with Polyurethane caulking. This will seal it and prevent leaks from occurring. Other places that can be problematic include the gutter and downspout seams, plumbing and furnace vent pipes, any wiring entrances and pipe feed-troughs.
- Preserve internal heat and prevent drafts with weather stripping for exterior doors and windows.
- Weatherproof the manufactured home by resealing roofing expansion joints and patching any breaks or punctures in the roof. This also goes for the roof fasteners, as well.
- Stormproof the home with specialized windows and doors. Experts say that when properly installed, storm windows and doors can cut the home’s heat loss by 50 percent.
- Prevent pipes from freezing by wrapping them with cables or heat tape. This will prevent any costly repairs for broken pipes later on, as well.
- Take a closer look at your furnace, inspecting the blower motor and vacuuming any accumulated dirt. Check the exhaust vent from of the furnace and clear any debris from the vent pipe and be sure to keep the roof exhaust vent clear of excess snow build-up. Most manufactured home furnaces draw combustion air from beneath the home, so it’s suggested to keep four to six vents in the skirting to allow free air passage, says Mobile Home Living.
Aegis Security Insurance Company offers specialty insurance lines to protect against the potential perils manufactured homeowners could face. We provide peace of mind for insureds, their property, and potential liability concerns. For more information about our operations, contact us today at (800) 233-2160.