If you live in a mobile home, it’s important to remember that some of the seasonal risks you’re facing may be different for you than for someone living in a house or an apartment. Because you don’t have the benefit of a basement to keep plumbing insulated, pipes freeze much quicker, causing damage, leaks, and water stoppages.
Here are a few ways to prevent frozen pipes in your mobile home.
Minimize Airflow Under Your Home
Most mobile homes connect to the local plumbing system underneath the body of the trailer. Without the benefit of a basement to keep your pipes somewhat insulated from the cold winter air, you need all the insulation you can get.
Check the skirt under your mobile home. Any holes or gaps in the coverage will allow air to move into the space under the home and make the pipes freeze faster.
Use Heat Tape or Insulation
Several solutions can help you keep your pipes insulated in the winter. The first is using electrical tape, which you can wrap around pipes and joints to make them more resistant to colder temperatures.
Another option is to purchase foam insulation sleeves. These are just long tubes that you can slip around your pipes and keep them from freezing quickly.
You can also use heat tape, a specialized wrap with heating elements controlled by a built-in thermostat. Any time you’re dealing with external electrical systems, though, you’ll want to be careful and only use them as directed — you don’t want to increase the risk of a hazard in your efforts to prevent another.
Monitor Outside Temperatures
You can take steps when the temperature drops below a certain point to help prevent your pipes from freezing. One common and widely used tactic by homeowners of all types is to keep a few faucets running when it gets freezing. If you keep warm water flowing through the pipes, they won’t freeze as quickly.
To help you stay on top of it, you can invest in a freezing level warning light, which will alert you when the air temperature reaches a level where your pipes face a heightened risk of freezing.
Reach Out to Professional Plumbers for Your Mobile Home
Freezing pipes are a concern for all homeowners, but mobile homeowners need to be especially aware of the risks. For more information about our plumbing repair services, contact Curtis Total Service today.