How to Winterize Your Mobile Home

Whether you live in your mobile home part-time or year-round, there are many things to do to winterize your mobile home. In this post, we’ll look at the top things to do to winterize your mobile home to protect it from water and fire damage, and to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long.

If you only live in your mobile home during the warmer months, you should take measures to properly shut down your mobile home so that it will be ready for you come spring. You should:

  • Seal the roof with roof coating, or seal cracks around the edges, seams or expandable joints.
  • Seal windows, doors and cracks around vents and your chimney with weather stripping or silicone caulk.
  • Make sure your mobile home support is in tip top shape. If the blocks or jacks that support the home are damaged, have them repaired or replaced.
  • Turn off water at the main line and drain pipes to prevent freezing.
  • Flush toilet until empty.
  • Add mobile home-approved antifreeze to toilet tank and stool, and all drains with traps.
  • Turn off and drain water heater.
  • Unplug all electrical devices.
  • Clean furnace closet, ducts and vents and turn the thermostat to 50°.

If you live in your mobile home year-round, winterizing is even more important to keep you comfortable and to prevent fires. Before winter is in full force, you should:

  • Seal the roof with roof coating, or seal cracks around the edges, seams or expandable joints.
  • Seal windows, doors and cracks around vents and your chimney with weather stripping or silicone caulk.
  • Make sure your mobile home support is in tip top shape. If the blocks or jacks that support the home are damaged, have them repaired or replaced.
  • Clear all gutters and downspouts.
  • Clean the furnace closet. Your furnace closet should be completely free of clutter and debris.
  • Replace furnace filters. Clean and vacuum permanent filters.
  • Prevent pipes from freezing by using heat tape. Follow manufacturer instructions to the letter.
  • If you use a wood stove, have your chimney professionally cleaned and check your flue regularly.
  • Read manufacturer precautions with electric of liquid-fueled heaters.

And as always, make sure your mobile home insurance policy is up to date.

Following these precautions every year, well before the first frost, will help you to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

This content is offered for educational purposes only and does not represent contractual agreements. The definitions, terms and coverages in a given policy may be different than those suggested here and such policy will be governed by the language contained therein. No warranty or appropriateness for a specific purpose is expressed or implied. 

The above information is derived from sources we believe to be accurate and reliable.  It may however be incomplete.  For complete information regarding these topics consult your owner’s manual or repair professional.

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