• Mobile Home Winterising

    Mobile Home Winterising
    Mobile Home Winterising

    How do I prepare my mobile home for winter?

    It all depends on whether your mobile home is lived in or closed up for the winter.

    Lets, look at closing up your mobile home for the winter first.

    Turn off the gas supply to all appliances, you can turn off the gas bottles and disconnect the hoses.

    The next thing you should do is turn off the incoming water supply at the main stop cock.

    Open all hot and cold taps, including showers and leave open flush any toilets you may have.

    By doing this relieves any water pressure within all the hot and cold pipes.

    Try to remove any water from the toilet pan and system as you don’t want them to freeze and damage your toilets.

    Pouring antifreeze into all sink traps and the toilet pan will stop any damage from occurring.

    The hot and cold water supply pipes should have a drain off valve that needs to be opened and left open.

    Mobile homes with a built-in central heating system will need draining down.

    First, isolate the electricity going to the boiler, now open the drain off valves on the central heating pipe circuit.

    Drain down valves can be found underneath the mobile home in most circumstances.

    If unsure of the location, it’s advisable to call in a registered gas safe boiler engineer.

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    They will be able to locate the valves and open them for the water to drain off.

    Next, open all the air vents on the radiators the water should start to drain out.

    Ensure you leave the drain off valve and the air vents on the radiators open.

    Most central heating boilers will have a built-in drain down valve and should be opened and left open to remove any water within the boiler.

    It’s imperative to remove as much of the water as possible.

    When we carry out a Mobile Home Winterising service, we use an aqua vac to suck out most of the water within the system.

    Any water left within could freeze and end in a burst pipe.

    Leaving the radiator air vents and drain off valve open helps stop any pipes from freezing and becoming damaged due to ice build-up within the system.

    The same also applies to LPG gas water heaters that supply only hot water and no heating.

    If you use gas bottles, it’s a good idea to disconnect them from the changeover valve and protect the pigtail ends.

    You can wrap them up with some tape to protect the built-in non-return valve from damage.

    It’s imperative to remove as much water as possible from the hot and cold pipes and central heating pipes.

    The main goal is to remove as much water as possible from all the pipes. It will help prevent damage to the pipework.

    Now let’s move on to living in your mobile home all year round.

    First and foremost, you must ensure that any exposed water pipes, hot and cold, all central heating pipes, are protected from the cold weather.

    You don’t want any burst pipes so, ensure they are lagged up well from the cold.

    Something you must not do is to block up any ventilation grills you may have.

    Ventilation grills supply fresh air to your gas appliances and, blocking them up could endanger your life.

    In severe weather, if you have central heating fitted it’s, good to keep the central heating running at a lower temperature overnight as this is when the temperature tends to drop more.

    Ensure you have extra full gas bottles available as you do not want to run out of gas.

    Ensure your boiler or water heater has had its annual service, and any problems found have been rectified.

    You don’t want any breakdown in the cold weather to happen.

    Some of the breakdowns we attend are due to a lack of service inspections.

    Whatever you do, don’t think it will never happen to you because it does.

    Being prepared for the cold weather can and will save you a lot of stress as well as your hard-earned money.

    You will be surprised at how many jobs we attend for burst pipes, boiler breakdowns and more, not just for mobile homes but for all types of homes, all due to not being prepared for winter.

    Now is the best time to call your local LPG gas registered boiler engineer, to carry out a gas safety inspection and have the boiler serviced.

    You want to know, if you live in your mobile home full time, you are safe from any dangers.

    Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector fitted close to any gas appliance you may have.

    If you have a gas fire fitted, ensure the flue on the roof is protected from falling leaves.

    Leaves, which will partially block the flue up, the products of combustion could enter the room and endanger your life.

    Safety is the number one priority when it comes to living in a mobile home over the winter.

    If you would like to locate a Registered LPG Gas Engineer, go to the Gas Safe Register and follow the on-screen details.

    All you need to do is, enter your post-code, hit the search button, and three local registered gas engineers will show up.

    Take a note of all their details and arrange a visit.

    We hope you found this article helpful in your search for Mobile Home Winterising.