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It’s that time of year: flowers are blooming, the sun’s out, the birds are chirping… that only means one thing: time to clean your mobile home!
Spring cleaning may not be the most exciting task of the year, but it’s important to maintain the value of your manufactured home. Whether you have a single-wide or double-wide mobile home, there are plenty of tasks to get done before summer starts.
You know the basics by now: dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and decluttering. That’s the same whether you live in a stick-built home, studio apartment, or manufactured home in San Antonio. Here’s a list of the special maintenance considerations you need to make when spring cleaning your mobile home.
Even though our winters are relatively mild here, you likely winterized your mobile home at the beginning of the season to keep it in tiptop shape. Now it’s officially time to get back to normal.
If you winterized your mobile home, you may need to:
You may have taken other precautions before the temperatures got a bit chillier. Make sure to address any of them during your spring cleaning.
Your furnace likely got all its use for the year during the holiday season. Chances are, it is in need of a little attention after all its use this winter. To make sure it’s ready for you when winter comes back around next year, it’s best to give it some TLC now.
Just like any aspect of owning a mobile home, maintenance is essential to your furnace. This spring, make sure that you:
It’s important to check your windows and doors on a regular basis, particularly with the temperature fluctuating. Inspect for signs of cracking around the seals and caulk any you find. If there is more extensive damage, you may need to replace the seals altogether. This will ensure that you can better control the temperature of your home as it gets hotter here.
Your roof is arguably the most important part of your mobile home. It is your first defense against the elements, after all. Unfortunately, your manufactured home can take a beating over the winter; therefore, it’s vital to check for damage come spring.
A lot of the issues with your roof will be obvious from the ground, but it is still a good idea to grab a ladder and get up there to take a closer look.
To inspect your roof:
The skirting of your mobile home is designed to protect the underside of your home. It keeps out pests, water damage, and any debris, and also helps to stabilize the indoor temperature.
After the winter season, your skirting may have been damaged by wind or debris. Make sure it is still in good condition to keep your home cooler in the blistering summer months by checking its airflow.
Though we don’t usually get snow here, freezing rain, low temperatures, and wind can do plenty of damage to your mobile home in winter. With the exterior siding, the biggest concern is potential water damage. This is particularly true if you have wood paneling.
A pressure washer is a great tool for cleaning the exterior siding of your home, particularly if you are concerned about mold. This is also a good opportunity to check for peeling paint. Also, be sure to look for any tiny cracks, particularly at the corners of your mobile home. Caulk over any cracks as soon as you can.
Finally, you will want to check the underside of your mobile home to ensure it hasn’t been damaged during the colder months. Grab a flashlight and check to make sure your HUD-required waterproof tarp is still in good shape. Consider replacing it if there are any tears or other signs of damage.
If there is any excess moisture underneath your home, do your best to drain it. Remain any debris and address any pests that might have moved in for winter.
While you’re down there, check the foundation as well. The foundation is a crucial part of your home and has serious implications for its stability and structural integrity. Soil that contracts and expands because of the change in temperature across seasons can bear on the concrete.
You should look for any signs of cracking, heaving, or deterioration. Missing or crumbling mortar is an indicator of problems. A professional should address any structural issues you find.
Hopefully, this list helps you keep your mobile home in tiptop shape.
If you need any guidance, we would be happy to help you! Contact our online mobile home dealership for support.
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