Is Your Mobile Home ready for a hurricane?

Is Your Mobile Home ready for a hurricane? We’ve been lucky so far this year, but you should take advantage of our Free Mobile Home Hurricane Anchor Inspection as well as inspecting the rest of your mobile home. 

If you have trees close to your mobile home that will cause damage to your mobile home during high winds, these trees need to be trimmed to make sure they don’t damage your mobile or manufactured home in Tampa or Clearwater.

Power lines that are too close to mobile homes during a hurricane are dangerous because they will come into contact with the mobile home, which can be very dangerous for anyone inside the home.

Gas tanks outside mobile homes during a hurricane that are not tied down to a concrete pad with anchor bolts embedded in the concrete with at least 4 anchor bolts are dangerous and should be corrected right away.

If you have loose or exterior trim or panels on your mobile home during a hurricane, these can become wind borne debris during storms and if your mobile home has exterior trim or paneling missing then there is a good chance you’ll have water damage inside your mobile home.

 If you have flashing that is missing around the exterior roof valleys, chimneys, wall penetrations, eaves, skylights and around exterior windows and doors, you will have water in your mobile home during storms. Flashing that is missing allows water to penetrate your mobile home and that will cause water damage to the interior of your home.

 Bent and rusted I-beams are a sure sign that the weight of your mobile home is not properly supported, as well as masonry piers supporting your mobile home are not properly spaced to support the mobile home on the mobile home lot. Doors and windows that are hard to open and close are good signs that a mobile home I-beam is bent or out of level.

Damaged or rotting wood framing is always a sign of structural failure. The mobile home wood floor is covered by a floor covering and a moisture barrier underneath the mobile home. Damage floors may show up as soft spots on the floor and we’ll find this is an inspection of your mobile home floor. Rotting floors is a sure indication of moisture intrusion into the mobile home. Checking plumbing like toilets, water heaters and washing machines to make sure they are not leaking.

If there are masonry piers supporting your mobile home that have cracked or chipped then the structural support of the manufactured home is on its way to being damaged. If more than three of your mobile home’s piers are damaged, then we’ll give you an evaluation the structure of the foundation of your mobile home.

 If the cap on the masonry piers is cracked or rotted during a hurricane it will not be able to support the weight it was designed to support. Cracked, rotted or damaged pier caps must be replaced to ensure the mobile home stays level.

Many time wooden wedges are used to fill gaps existing between the pier cap and the structural I-beam. While this is an accepted method for leveling a mobile home, strong winds will cause them to vibrate and cause the wedges to come loose, we always replace these wood wedges with concrete.

Metal straps are the best method of anchor attachment for mobile homes. The mobile home anchor straps should be galvanized steel 1-1/4 inches wide and 0.035 inches thick.

In high wind areas, two straps are used to properly attach the anchor to the mobile home frame. One strap extends vertically from the anchor to the outside mobile home sidewall, and the other strap should wrap around the steel frame I beam and connect to the anchor at an angle of 45-degrees.

The number of mobile home anchor straps needed during a hurricane on each side depends on factors including the length of the mobile home, the type of soil under the mobile home, the capacity of the anchor in the soil, and the expected wind speeds at the lot where the mobile home is installed.

8 to10-foot spacing was common with older mobile home installations along the length of the mobile home while newer installations use straps at only 4 or 5-foot spaces. If the mobile home anchor straps on your mobile home were installed with more than 5 ft space between the straps we’ll inspect your straps to determine whether they’ll provide enough resistance during a high winds.

Anchor straps should fully wrap around the I-beam of the mobile home. If the straps aren’t wrapped all the way around the mobile homes frame, the straps could come loose during storms and move the mobile home from its foundation.

The angle of the anchor strap should be 45-degrees to provide the best anchor to resist horizontal and vertical forces during storms. Our certified installers will evaluate the installation of mobile home straps and relocate the anchors if necessary.

Stabilizer plates are attached to the mobile home anchors. Some mobile home manufacturers build anchors with plates attached to a sleeve that fits around the anchor stem. These can be highly effective during storms at reducing the amount of movement from side to side of the anchor system of the home.

Mobile home anchors should be installed flush with the ground; anchors not flush with the ground should be reinstalled so that the anchor is flush with the ground. Bent mobile home anchors should be replaced with new anchors. If a strong pull on the anchors pulls any of the anchors out of the ground, then they move too much during a severe storm.  Longer anchors with a large stabilizer plates will have to be installed.

If there are loose or sagging mobile home anchor straps, not providing enough tension to properly anchor the mobile home during storms, or a strap can be easily shaken; it’s too loose and should be tightened.

Much of this is technical and if you have any questions please contact us and we’ll explain it to you, and we’ll gladly give you a free inspection of your mobile home to make sure your ready for any storms that may come our way this year.

 

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please call us at 1 (800) 681.3772 and we’ll gladly answer any or all of your questions.

Florida Anchor & Barrier has offices throughout central and southern Florida.

Tampa (813) 528-5988

503 E JACKSON ST
TAMPA, FL 33602

Cape Coral (239) 823-0263

1217 E CAPE CORAL PKWY
CAPE CORAL, FL 33904

Sarasota (941) 448-3577

7350 S TAMIAMI TRAIL
SARASOTA, FL 32431

Lakeland (863) 512-2800

3616 HARDEN BLVD
LAKELAND, FL 33803

Palm Harbor (727) 237-6772

35246 US HWY 19 N
PALM HARBOR, FL 34684

Orlando (407) 792-0288

4630 S KIRKMAN RD (407, 386, 321, 352)
ORLANDO, FL 32811

Port St Lucie   (772) 539-5154

7548 S US HWY 1
PORT ST LUCIE, FL 34952

Daytona (386) 478-7814

West Palm (561) 337-1275

Fort Pierce (772) 539-5154

Ft. Lauderdale (954) 713-9366

Brooksville (352) 398-9286

Melbourne (321) 215-4009

ST. Augustine (904) 504-7400