Winter Maintenance for your Mobile Home
Winter can bring an array of poor weather and hazardous conditions that can cause substantial damage to mobile homes. As one of Ireland’s leading mobile home insurance brokers we put together some simple mobile home maintenance advice. Follow these tips to help protect your mobile during the winter months.
Mobile Home Maintenance Tips for winter preparation
It is important when preparing your mobile home to ensure both internal and external areas of the mobile home are protected.
Start with some internal preparation to eliminate potential fire hazards, protect the interior soft furnishings and fittings and prevent a potential build up of mould and smells.
Disconnect the Gas and electricity services
Ensure that your mobile home is disconnected from any energy sources. If you use gas canisters with your mobile home ensure that they are disconnected and that the valves are closed. Full or part-full gas canisters should be stored in a secure and well ventilated area.
Drain the water system
Turn on the taps and let the hot and cold water systems drain completely. Drain the toilet cistern by flushing it and then pour antifreeze into the toilet bowl. Pour antifreeze into all plugholes and into any pipes to prevent residual water freezing in the system and causing damage.
When the water has been drained disconnect your stopcock. Stopcocks can sometimes continue to seep water even when they are closed, so disconnecting your stopcock is a sensible precaution.
Remove all combustible materials
Remove all combustible materials including oils, sprays and gas from in and around the mobile home.
Ensure Interior surfaces are clean and dry
It is important to clean your mobile home interior. It keeps unwanted pests away and prevents a build-up of mould and smells for the time your mobile home is not in use. Washing down surfaces and vacuuming thoroughly are the best methods for interior cleaning.
Remember to use cleaning products that are specifically designed for mobile homes. By using a product which is used for domestic environments could cause damage to surfaces and seals within the kitchen and other areas of the mobile home.
Take care of interior Fixtures and Fittings
It is important to ensure that you take adequate care of the fixtures and fittings as you will want to get a maximum life span on these products.
- Lightly coat hinges with thin oil or water dispersant such as WD-40 to protect against rust, taking care to avoid contact with door surfaces.
- To reduce or eliminate areas of warm/ cold air it important to open all interior drawers.
- To help reduce dust within the mobile home it is advisable to place a cover on mattresses and cushions.
When the internal preparation work is complete move to the exterior of the mobile making sure to secure the doors and windows and get the bodywork cleaned up.
Prepare the bodywork
Pay particular attention to removing any signs of green or black mould, it may create conditions where the aluminium or plastic surface is permanently marked if left to grow over winter.
Secure all Doors and Windows
Secure all doors and windows and ensure they are fitted with good quality locks.
Leave air vents open
Do not close the air vents; these have been specifically designed to be secure and will not provide an access point for unauthorised visitors, however they will eliminate damaging condensation.
These simple mobile home maintenance tips and some advance preparation can save time and money when you plan to use your mobile home during the summer. Remember to keep an eye on the weather forecast in Ireland this winter at www.met.ie.
Munstergroup Insurance is one of Ireland’s leading insurance brokers. We would be delighted to provide you with a quote for your mobile home. The key benefits of our policy are as follows.
- Low Rates
- Structure and contents cover
- Public Liability
- Claims Settled quickly
- Alternative accommodation cover
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