Spring is right around the corner, and mobile home maintenance is a must to get your home ready for the pretty weather. We all know how hard Winter can be on your home, but with these 5 Spring cleanup tips, it won’t take long to get your mobile home and lawn ready to go.
Get Up on the roof
Your roof is the most important part of your mobile home, so of course, it would be first on our list of Spring mobile home maintenance tips we are sharing. So, grab a ladder, or find someone to climb up for you, and check out the roof for any visible damage from Winter. If you have shingles make sure none are loose, if it is a metal roof make sure there is no damage you can see. If you have had a leak through the winter, you may want to patch it yourself or find a professional to do it for you.
Also, make sure that there are no leaves, branches, or other debris on the roof.
Wash Those Windows and Siding
Keeping your windows and siding clean on your manufactured home is important for reasons beyond just keeping the outside of your home looking nice.
Keeping your windows clean can also help prevent window damage, protect indoor air quality, and maintain your home’s energy efficiency levels. And as far as your siding is concerned, siding cleaning gets rid of mold, mildew, and insects which can make their homes on the exterior of your mobile home.
Bob Villa shares a couple of great homemade mixtures to clean your siding, depending on how bad the grime is:
- 70% water, 30% white vinegar makes a great all-purpose vinyl siding cleaner that removes light mold and mildew stains.
- For a stronger solution, mix together one-third cup powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart liquid laundry bleach and one gallon of water.
- If you are concerned about landscaping, use a vinyl siding cleaner solution comprised of one gallon of water mixed with one cup oxygen bleach in a bucket. The oxygen bleach will clean the vinyl without damaging your landscaping.
Check Your Vents and Skirting
Winter can be tough on your skirting and the vents of your home. So, make sure it’s included in your Spring mobile home maintenance list. We’ve all seen what happens when there is a gap in the skirting, critters will make under your mobile home their new home. Also, if vents aren’t installed correctly or at all, the underside of your mobile home will be damp and humidity will be an issue. A quick walk around your home, checking to be sure that the skirting is all in place, and that the vents are opened up to allow air is all that is needed to keep your mobile home critter-free and dry.
Prep the Yard for Landscaping
Whether you are just getting your yard ready for mowing season or planning a landscaping project this Spring, there are a few things you need to do to get ready.
- Clean up all the old leaves and any fallen branches in the yard
- Reseed any bare spots in the yard
- Clean out your old mulch or add new so that it will look neat and retain moisture for your plants
- If you have any bushes that need pruned, now is the time
- Make plans for planting season
Ready Your A/C
If you have a central air unit, Spring is an important time to make sure it is in its top working condition. A few simple steps will help get you ready. (this job may or may not be something you want to tackle yourself, if you are unsure consult a professional) First, turn off the power to the unit, clean or replace the filters, clean the coils and remove any debris, check the coolant lines to make sure they are still protected, and finally turn the unit back on test the unit.
If you follow these 5 mobile home maintenance tips, it won’t be long before your home is ready to face another Spring and Summer season. Also, keeping up with seasonal maintenance will keep your home running properly for years to come.
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