If you live in a manufactured home, also known as a mobile home, you know that frozen pipes are, unfortunately, a fairly common occurrence in the winter months. Except this winter, you won’t need to rely on a professional to fix your pipes. Not only does your manufactured home make your pipes accessible for you to do the fix on your own, but all the knowledge is available to you as well. Keep reading to learn how you prevent frozen pipes in your manufactured home this winter.
All about frozen pipes
Manufactured home pipes freeze because they are often surrounded by thin skirting. This skirting appears like vinyl siding, and it allows the air to move easily through it. Your pipes endure changes in temperatures, so you should be conscious of pipes freezing as soon as the temperature begins to drop. While the most obvious sign will be lack of water, if you’re looking at the pipes themselves you may also be able to see frost. The pipe may be a different color, or you can try hitting the pipe with a metal object (such as a screwdriver). If the pipe sounds solid, there’s a good chance that water is frozen inside, and you’ve located a frozen spot.
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- Use heat tape. One of the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place is by using heat tape. Heat tape is a cord or heat cable that is encased in electrical wiring. It helps your pipes to regulate their temperature during the colder months. Heat tape is powered, so you’ll need an outlet to plug it into. This is an incredibly popular way to prevent any issues or damage because it’s effective.
- Leave the water running. If you’re in for particularly cold weather, try leaving your faucets on a trickle before you head to bed. This can not only prevent freezing but break up any ice that does form. That steady flow of water will make a big difference in the morning when you go to make coffee or take a shower.
- Add insulation. If you don’t already have insulation under your manufactured home to help keep you warm, you may want to add it to help keep your pipes nice and toasty. Not every climate requires insulation, but if you find that your pipes are freezing time and time again, this can be yet another way to prevent catastrophe. Spiral-wrap, fiberglass, and foam are all among the different types of insulation available.
As winter fast approaches, be sure to prep your manufactured home ahead of time for frozen pipes. Using heat tape, adding insulation, and leaving the water running on cold nights can help prevent disaster. Since your home is more susceptible to frozen pipes due to its exposure, you’ll want to go out of your way to protect it. Fortunately, you now have all the tools and knowledge to do this!