9 Maintenance Tips for Manufactured Home Owners
Many people are aware of the key differences between a traditionally built home and a prefabricated home. An obvious distinction, for example, is that one is built on the property site while the other is built in a factory. Something you probably did not expect is the fact that maintaining a manufactured home requires some tasks that you probably would not imagine doing for a traditionally constructed home. If you are new to this concept, here are some important tips for keeping up the maintenance of a manufactured home.
1. Make sure you are checking the gutter system regularly to avoid harm in the foundation or the roof especially during fall when leaves can easily build up in there. If you don’t, the gutter system could end up being clogged without your knowing. This can lead to potential leaking and water damage.
2. Observe the leveling of the home once or even twice a year just to be safe. To perform this task, you will need a carpenter’s level, which can be purchased at your local hardware store. If you come to the conclusion that the home is not level, make sure to call a professional to further discuss the issue. An unleveled home usually results in squeaky floors, cracked walls and ceilings, and doors not closing properly.
3. Regularly check your roof for minor mishaps such as missing shingles and debris. You should also coat the roof with a strong roof coating at least once a year. A coated roof won’t absorb the sun’s energy as much. This means your home will be cooler inside and you can save money on energy bills.
4. Keep an eye out for scratches or holes on the frame that can result in rust and corrosion. If you spot any, you can fix them with zinc chromate or asphaltic base paint, which can both be found at your local hardware store.
5. Make sure to reseal any gaps near windows, vents and doors using caulk. This material helps prevent leakage in small spaces you would not expect.
6. Some manufactured homes have vinyl siding. You can clean it with some water and detergent. If you notice mildew, you can use chlorine bleach and water to eliminate it, but use caution when mixing bleach with other chemicals.
7. If your home has vinyl coverings, you can wash them with a mild detergent and for larger and tougher stains, use a heavy-duty cleaner.
8. Trim trees and bushes near your home to keep the landscaping clean and help avoid damage. This is especially important during winter because overgrown branches with snow and ice can easily break and cause major harm to you and your home.
9. When the weather gets chilly, always make sure doors and windows are sealed shut to keep heat in your house and save money on electric bills.
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