Modular home manufacturers often advise their customers to invest in reliable fire prevention products to protect their modular home from fire. However, the reality is that most modular homeowners do not have an adequate amount of fire prevention products in their home.
Apart from saving the life of your family and friends, these fire prevention products will also prevent extensive damage to small prefab homes and the valuables in it. In addition to that, these devices also forewarn you of dangerous situations and enable you to prevent them before it even happens. Below are a few fire prevention products that modular home manufacturers recommend having in a prefab home.
One of the most important fire prevention products you should install in your modular home is smoke alarms. You should also consider about installing a smoke alarm in each room of your home for better protection against fire accidents. Carefully read the instructions on the manufacturer’s label of your smoke alarm to get a clear idea on how they operate.
You should also regularly test the alarms and ensure that they are in good working condition. Be willing to replace them with newer ones if they are not functioning properly.
Fire Escape Ladders
If your modular home has multiple levels or if you are living in a two-story modular home, then escaping of your house in the events of a fire can be extremely dangerous. This is because the staircases engulfed in flames will make it impossible for you to move from the second floor to the ground floor of your modular home.
This is why modular home manufacturers advise homeowners living in a two-story home to purchase a fire escape ladder, as will provide a safe round to the ground floor of your modular home.
Investing in a fire extinguisher for your home is an excellent idea because it will help you to protect your modular home from small fires. Most fires in homes begin smaller and gradually grow larger if not taken care of. If you have a fire extinguisher at your hand, you will be able to contain the small fire in your home and prevent it from spreading to other parts of your house.
There are plenty of different varieties of fire extinguishers available in the market. So, do a little research and select the one right one that suits your needs.
Just like the site-built homes, mobile homes also need routine inspections and maintenance to ensure that your home is in top shape. Mobile homes are structures built in a factory setting and are less expensive than on-site built homes. Yet these homes are equally attractive and comfortable as the site-built homes.
Mobile homes can have all the features that a site-built home can have. The maintenance tips shared below by top mobile home manufacturers will help you understand more on taking care of your mobile home.
Ensure that your Mobile Home is Leveled Properly
This is the most important tip that any maintenance professional will give a mobile home owner. It is crucial to check the level of the mobile home every year, as these homes can settle down over time. If a mobile home is not leveled, the windows and doors would not shut properly, and leaks can happen or cracks may appear on the walls.
If your mobile home is having a flat roof, you will have to recoat or reseal the roof regularly; some of the mobile home manuals say that the resealing should be done once in a year. Ensure that the flashing is in good condition and that there are no cracked caulkings or soft spots. You should also ensure that the right coating is used, as aluminum or asphalt coatings cannot be used on rubber (EPDM) or PVC roofs.
Gutters are also important. Inspect and clean out the drains to avoid water damage in winter and ensure that the sewers are slanted to offer free flow of rainwater.
The skirting or the perimeter enclosure of a mobile home is a much important part, as the skirting acts as an insulator for the house. It offers protection from pests and adds appeal to your home. Therefore, the skirting of the mobile home should be secure to keep away rodents, while offering necessary venting to prevent humidity and mold from damaging the home.
Know the Measurements
Mobile homes that were built before 1978 do not use the ‘big box construction store’ sizes. The tubs that are used in these homes will be smaller than those available at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Doors and windows will also differ in size from that of the modern mobile homes. Measure everything in your mobile home, as this will help you know if the home appliances that you found at the market will fit in your mobile home.