I’m doing the weatherization of a Mobile home in a different post as anyone who lives in a Mobile home or Double Wide knows that these are a whole different creature when it comes to weatherizing.
Now when you do a couple of things they will be the same as weatherizing a house. Such as insulating the windows and Doors and the AC units will be the same. After that then things are different.
* Windows and Doors- These can cause some problems for losing heat in your home. How can you make sure you won’t lose heat through this area of your home?
* A good 20-50 year Silicone Caulk will help seal up areas.
* Compression weather-stripping is used to seal swinging doors and window sashes.
* –V-shaped weather-stripping is fitted against the side of the door or window jamb so it presses against the edge of the door or sash and forms a seal. V-stripping may be vinyl or bronze.
* Foam weather-stripping is used to seal either swinging or sliding doors or windows.
* Thresholds and Door Bottoms–A threshold fills the gap between the floor and the bottom of a door. It may have a built-in vinyl bulb. If not, it must be used in combination with a door bottom mounted on the lower edge of the door.
All of these weatherization products will help to keep old man winter from making your heating bills to sky high.
Air Conditioner Units- If they are left in all year round then you will need to weatherize them so that your heat is not escaping through the unit. I like to make sure that mine are WELL insulated so that I will not have problems with the unit the following summer as well.
* Pink Insulation form boards
* Silver insulation sheets
Duct tape (Love my Duct tape!)
* Air Conditioner cover
Now I first use the Silver insulation sheet to cover the AC unit as it’s a tighter fit to the unit. I then measure the pink foam board and make a box with it to go around the unit and I duct tape both in place one over the other. Then I attach the Air Conditioner cover and tie it down over the top of the insulation. Then of course I like to Duct tape the edges so that it’s not being lifted by the cold winter air. This gives me 3 layers of protection for my unit. I do not have leaks in the winter and it is still solid as a rock come spring. Which I then place it in the shed so that I can reuse it the next winter.
* Your vents on your roof for the kitchen, bathroom, fireplace and so on. You will want to Caulk around them as they can let a lot of heat escape. Having this extra protection on there could save you more then you like to think. You will want to Silicone them either before or after putting the coats on the roof.
Your Roof:- Most mobile home roofs and floors are already insulated, but the cavities are often only partly filled. Filling these areas can save up to 20 percent of your heating cost. Now to have insulation blown in your roof and under your home you will need a professional to do this. I have opted to do two things that have saved on heating. Installing the long strips of pink insulation under it and then applying the long strips of the Silver insulation over the top to add more insulation and so that heat will not escape under the mobile home.
This can be done by you and no need for a professional. Now you do have to watch where your water pipes are and check them BEFORE installing the insulation or the insulation will just hold the water and do you no good as an insulator.
Now the roof you will need to put at least 2 coats of a water based Coat sealer. You can do this with a paint roller and the sealer. I suggest going with the white if at all possible as you don’t want the black for the summer months as it draws the heat into the home! Then you will be running your A/C or Central Air more to cool the house in the summer months! (always think ahead to all seasons) The sealer can only be applied in weather temps of above 50° F / 10° C. This will help to prevent any leaking during the winter months.
Plumbing- You will want to check your connectors and pipes by the main as those are usually the first to go. You do NOT want those to go during the winter months or any time really. However, the winter is worst because they have to shut off the water to the whole park and you risk you and all your neighbors freezing their pipes up because you didn’t check your plumbing. Doesn’t make for friendly neighbors.
If you do have a leak with a connector or pipe that is leading to the main call and let the park manager know so that the water can be shut off and it can be repaired while it is still nice out and no one is worrying about their pipes freezing. This will make for a much better living environment. I would suggest that if there is an elderly person in the park who you know can’t afford to get someone in or get under their home that you supply your services as well. Why? Well, it will be a great neighborly thing to do BUT again it will save you from getting your water shut off in the middle of winter and risking your pipes as well. They will greatly appreciate your offer.
Heating tape- If your house has a tendency to freeze up during the cold months now is the time to install heating tape! There are many different choices in this product. I do NOT suggest going with the cheapest price out there. This could cause a disaster in the winter that your NOT going to want to wake up to.
Heating tape runs anywhere from $24-$300 Now, some stores mark up the prices on the heat tape as they know your going to need it so shop around to get the best price. If you find a sale RUN don’t walk to get it because it WILL be gone! If you do not have a plug-in under your home be sure to get a solid heavy winter extension cord to plug in at the nearest outlet.
I will suggest the pipe insulation tubes as well BEFORE using heat tape. This gives it added protection if your heat tape malfunctions. Also always leave your hot water dripping in all the sinks and tubs so that you keep the water flow going and are less likely to freeze up.
Detouring furry pests- In the winter months they like to find new homes that are warm. My theory if your not paying rent I’m Evicting you! Not to mention HATE THEM!
So to detour them from entering make sure that you have no holes in the bottom of the home where they can sneak in. Silicone caulk around pipes going into the house, make sure there is no entrance by your furnace, stove, Washer/Dryer and water heater for them to sneak in at because both are warm areas. You can also place 2-3 boxes of Tom Cat Bait Blocks under your home and that sure helps with detouring them as well.
Skirting under house- I like to put sheets of the silver insulation around the outer edge of the skirting to block extra strong winds from coming in. You will then also want to make sure that all of your skirting is securely locked into place and in the correct track so that when the snow comes it’s not pushing all of your skirting away from the home. If it does you then have your added blockage with the silver insulation till you can get it back in the track.
These are some of the things you can do to winterize your mobile home or Double wide from Jack Frost.