Usually, you get what you pay for; so when you pay more, you tend to get something better. That rule has its exception in modern manufactured homes. You save money because of the time saved and volume buying savings you get on anything made in a factory. A car built in your driveway would cost more than a car built in a factory. That same principle applies to today’s manufactured homes. Want to hear from experts and actual home manufactured home owners? Check out the video interviews, video home and factory tours and expert articles on MHLivingNews.com. If your like millions of others, the facts will melt false fears and concerns!
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All homes require routine maintenance. Whether you are a first time home buyer or long term resident, here’s a simple checklist of projects you can do that will extend the life of your manufactured home – and your appliances! These tasks will take just a few moments, but can save you a lot of work in the long run.
Furnace Filters – Every month inspect your furnace filters. Clean filters capture dust and particles out of the air, and make your furnace run more efficiently. If you use standard filters, the recommendation is to change them monthly, however, some high efficiency filters can now last up to 3 months. (Check the filter packaging for details.) Most experts say that you should look at it once a month, and if the filter is black and dirty – it is time for a change!
Tip: Need a quick refresher course in changing filters? Check out this YouTube video from the “For Dummies” folks:
This fantastic yearly maintenance calendar comes to us from the folks over at Factory Built Owners of America. They are a member-driven nonprofit organization representing the common interests of owners and prospective owners of manufactured homes. You can learn more more on their website: www.factorybuiltowners.org
A Maintenance Calendar for Your Factory Built Home
Hello to all. I have really been enjoying this cooler Central Texas weather as a new season comes upon us. Back by popular demand are some monthly maintenance tips for keeping your factory built home in top condition. This is not a complete list but touches on some of the most important maintenance issues. Feel free to add your own ideas as well and if you find something that has been beneficial to you; share it with us so that we may share is with other members. Maintaining your factory built home is very important; and this guideline will help you enjoy many years of care free living in your factory built home.
• Change Air Conditioning (A/C)/furnace filter. Filters should be changed or cleaned at least every three months.
• Tighten toilet flange bolts. Toilets can become loose at the base and may leak past the wax ring causing extensive floor damage. Tighten the two bolts, usually covered by plastic dome caps at the base of the toilet, being careful not to tighten too tight or the toilet may crack.
• Tighten tank bolts. There are typically 2 or 3 bolts that secure the toilet tank to the toilet bowl. If you can rock the tank back and forth it needs to be tightened. Carefully tighten the nuts on the bolts that go from the tank bottom thru the holes in the base being careful not to over tighten or it may crack the bottom of the tank.
• Replace flapper valve. Many households use disinfect tablets to keep the toilet tank clean, but these tablets damage the rubber valve over time, making is necessary to replace it. These valves are cheap, and a bag of them can be bought from any of the big hardware stores for a few bucks. To replace the valve, pull the lid off the tank. Looking down you will see a black rubber valve with a little chain connected to it. Lift the valve out of the tank with the chain and replace the old valve with a new one.
• Tighten drain pipes and water connections under sinks. Reaching under the sink, follow the drain pipes from the base of the sink, and tighten each nut that connects the pipes and the traps together. Follow the hot and cold water lines up to the base of the faucets and tighten the nuts that secure the lines to the faucet with your hand. It’s so simple – no tools needed.
• Clean faucet aerators. These are the little screens that are on the end of each faucet. They simply unscrew. Pull them apart and soak in CLR, Lime Away or similar product to clear away lime deposits. Or buy a replacement at your local hardware store.
As we are now deep into winter, it is time to think about preparing your manufactured home for the colder weather. Foremost Insurance has a great article on their website (www.mygreathome.com) all about preparing for the drop in temperatures. (In fact, their web site is full of tips on buying, selling and repairing mobile homes. Be sure and check it out!) Here’s what they have to say about making your manufactured or modular home more energy efficient before winter:
How To Winterize Your Manufactured Home
Is your manufactured home ready for the rigors of winter? The maintenance steps you take now can eliminate expensive repairs, and make your home safer and more energy efficient when cold weather sets in. With the right information, you can do the work yourself instead of paying someone else to do it. It takes a little planning and effort to winterize your manufactured home, but it’s not as difficult as you may think. Take action now to protect your manufactured home from leaks, heat loss, drafts and the danger of a winter fire.
Preparing Your Home for Cold Weather
A simple tube of silicone caulk may be your best investment this heating season. Polyurethane caulking is a good all-around choice for sealing your manufactured home from drafts and leaks. Places to be caulked outside the home include: gutter and downspout seams, plumbing and furnace vent pipes, around flashing seams between roof and siding, around door and window frames, along siding joints, around the dryer vent, at the TV antenna wire entrance and at pipe feed-throughs.Continue reading →
All across the country State Manufactured Housing Associations are leaders in our industry. They are also great sources of educational information. Check out this article, from the Connecticut Manufactured Housing Association, which explains some of the terms you may hear: