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Welcome to Florida Anchor and Barrier LLC. We Install & Repair Mobile Home vapor barriers, Tie downs, Hurricane Anchors, Repair Sagging Floors, Re-Level Mobile Home Floors and Most Mobile Home Repairs. We Also Install and Repair Mobile Home Skirting and Mesh for Varmints! Free Written Estimates and Consultations.

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Tie Downs and Hurricane Anchors

Mobile Home Vapor barriers are critical to you and your families safety. Mobile home straps prevent high winds from lifting or moving your mobile home during storms. Tie down anchors are driven into the ground, anchoring your mobile home and preventing movement during high wind events.

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Mobile Home vapor barriers

Mobile Home Vapor barriers are the most Important area of your home. If torn or damaged, they allow moisture into your home causing, wet insulation, rotting wood, soft and sagging floors, as well as mold, mildew and pest. Contact Us at Florida Anchor and Barrier for a Free Inspection and Consultation.

Sagging / Soft mobile Home floors

Sagging floors and Soft Floors in Mobile Homes are usually caused by damaged vapor barriers, leaky roofs, windows, leaking water heaters, dish washers and leaky toilets. They’re also a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Contact Us at Florida Anchor and Barrier for a Free Inspection and Consultation.

Re-level mobile home floor

Re -level Mobile Home Floors

Mobile Home Floors in Florida will need to be re-leveled from time to time. Floridas wet weather causes the ground to become soft allowing your mobile home blocks to move. There are other causes so Contact Us at Florida Anchor and Barrier for a Free Inspection and Consultation.

PROTECT YOUR MOBILE HOME AND YOUR HEALTH

Replacing damaged mobile home vapor barriers Will:

  • Keep out damaging moisture and mildew and stop Health Hazards in your mobile home.
  • Prevent rats, snakes, spiders, ants and roaches from entering through damaged floors and vapor barriers.
  • Dramatically lower your electric bills every month. Damaged vapor barriers allow air to escape and enter your home.
  • Stop mobile home floors from sagging and rotting. Your flooring will be ruined by sagging floors and soft floors.

Mobile Home repair and installation services:

  • Repair sagging and soft floors in your in your mobile home.
  • Replace old insulation with new R-19 Insulation in your mobile home floors.
  • Replace and repair sagging and soft floors / Install new laminate flooring.
  • Install & Repair Mobile Home Tie Downs & Hurricane Anchors  
 

If Your Mobile Home has been affected by Hurricane Michael we can help you now!

 
Is Your Mobile Home ready for a hurricane? Take advantage of our Free Mobile Home Hurricane Anchor Inspection as well as inspecting the rest of your mobile home.
IS YOUR MOBILE HOME READY FOR THE 2018 HURRICANE SEASON
 

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’re returning to your Mobile Home after Hurricane Michael here is an extremely Important article to to help you get your home back to normal! 

 

Here are some things to consider if you’re Returning Home after Hurricane Michael… This article from the Department of Health and Environmental Control will be very helpful… 

If you’re returning home after a natural disaster like Hurricane Micheal, we don’t need to tell you that there are a lot of important decisions to be made. There are also many dangerous conditions that need to be dealt with for you and your families safety. We think you’ll find this article extremely helpful. 

We would also like to remind you that Florida Anchor and Barrier is here to answer any questions you may have. We can also help you to repair and rebuild your mobile home in Florida.  

  • Continue to monitor your radio or television for up-to-date emergency information.
  • You may not be able to return to your home immediately after the storm ends. It could take a few days before emergency crews have assessed all areas for safety hazards or any necessary rescue operations. Do not attempt to re-enter your neighborhood until authorities have declared the area safe.
  • It may also take a couple of weeks before power and telephone service can be restored to all neighborhoods.
  • Limit driving to what is necessary. There will be downed electrical wires and debris covering the roads.
  • Avoid high water. Remember, most deaths attributed to a hurricane are from drowning while in a vehicle driven into high or fast flowing waters.
  • Limit the use of your telephone and avoid tying up telephone lines that may be needed by emergency responders.
  • Take one day at a time. This type of experience creates a great amount of stress. Go easy on yourself and those around you. Try to get back into family routines such as meal and bed times. Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • If you have children, listen to their feelings about losing favorite toys or possessions. It is important to give yourself and your children permission to be sad about what you have lost.
  • Ask for help if you need it.
  • Reach out and help a neighbor.

Safety Concerns When Returning Home

Most visits to hospital emergency rooms following a hurricane are because of injuries which occurred after the storm. Sprains and strains are        common, as are cuts and punctures, broken bones, and motor vehicle accidents.

Be patient, take it easy, and be careful. You can make your recovery from the storm a safer one if you follow the advice below.

General Precautions and Recommendations

  • Return to your home during daylight hours.
  • Before entering, check for any structural hazards that might make it unsafe to go in the house. Enter your home with caution. If you can go inside, open all the doors and windows to increase ventilation.
  • Fire is another cause of death following a storm, often caused by the use of candles. It is much better to use battery operated flashlights and lanterns instead of candles.
  • Electrical power should be shut off until it is determined that there is no risk of fire, explosion, or electrocution. If you smell something burning when the electricity is turned on but can find no visible source of fire or smoke, immediately turn off the electricity at the main breaker.
  • All appliances and other equipment and lighting must be completely dry before using them. Even if you are able to turn on the power, do not plug in any item which is not completely dry.
  • Use generators or gas pumps in well ventilated areas. They can generate deadly carbon monoxide gas. Do not plug generators into house outlets; plug appliances directly into the generator.
  • You should contact the utility company before connecting an electric generator to your home’s electrical system. This is almost always against the law and prohibited by fire code unless you have approved automatic interrupt devices.
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. If using a generator, be extra aware of your carbon monoxide detector.
  • Take photos of damages for insurance purposes.
  • If you boarded your windows and doors before you left home, be careful of nails and broken glass when you remove the boards.
  • Avoid wading in water since there may be broken glass, nails, or other objects in the water along with chemicals and sewage.
  • If you get a cut or puncture would, contact a doctor, a public health department, or hospital to determine if you need a tetanus vaccination.

Precautions to Take When…

Smelling Gas:

  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main valve, open all windows, and get out of the house immediately.
  • Do not turn on the electricity, light matches, smoke, or do anything that could cause a spark.
  • Immediately notify the gas company as well as your local fire and police departments.
  • Do not return to the house until you are told it is safe to do so.

Handling Electrical Damage:

  • If you see frayed wiring or sparks when you restore power, or if there is an odor of something burning but no visible fire, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker.
  • You should follow the instruction provided by your utility company or emergency preparedness agency about using electrical equipment, including power generators. Be aware that it is against the law and a violation of electrical codes to connect generators to your home’s electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices.
  • If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard. In addition, the improper connection of a generator to your home’s electrical circuits may endanger line workers helping to restore power in your area.
  • Make sure all electrical equipment and appliances are completely dry before returning them to service. It is advisable to have a certified electrician check these items if there is any question.

Inspecting and Cleaning Up

When Cleaning Up Inside:

  • Walls, wood, vinyl or ceramic floors, counter tops, cabinets, pantry shelves, refrigerators (inside & out) plus many other surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a bleach diluted with water at a rate of one cup of bleach to five gallons of water.
  • Wash all linens in hot water.
  • Wash all clothing or take it to the dry cleaners.
  • Steam clean all carpeting.
  • Take mattresses and upholstered furniture outdoors to air dry in the sun, then spray them with a disinfectant.
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning. If there has been a back up from the sewer, wear rubber boots.
  • Make repairs, even if temporary ones, to limit further damage.
  • Hire only licensed contractors.
  • Remember to lift with your legs, not your back.

When Cleaning Up Outside:

  • Stay away from dangling power lines and metal fences. Be careful when clearing fallen trees as they may have wires tangled in them.
  • Avoid wading in water. Broken glass, metal fragments, and other debris may be present in the water.
  • Wear safety glasses, gloves, long sleeve shirts, pants, and sturdy shoes.
  • Use caution if you will be using a chainsaw. Read the operating and safety instructions. When using an electric chainsaw, use extreme caution to avoid electrical shock.
  • Be aware of snakes or other animals that are driven to drier ground by any flooding.
  • Don’t burn trash. Contact your trash pick up service and find out their schedule for pick up.
  • Call a professional service to remove large uprooted trees.
  • Once again, remember to lift with your legs, not your back.

Septic System Problems

The large amount of rain and flooding that typically occurs with a hurricane may cause some problems with septic systems. The problems you might experience include slow draining toilets and sinks or wastewater bubbling up from the ground.

There are a few simple steps you can take to limit any potential problems:

  • Limit the use of water.
  • Do laundry at the laundromat.
  • Don’t flush the toilet every time it’s used.
  • Wash dishes by hand.
  • Don’t park on or drive over the septic tank or field area.
  • Limit walking or playing in that area.
  • If water is bubbling up from the ground, don’t let children play in that area.
  • If sewage is backing up into the house, use gloves and wear rubber boots and clean with a disinfectant such as diluted bleach.

Florida Anchor and Barrier truck 4Florida Anchor and Barrier has men and equipment standing by if you need help repairing your mobile or manufactured home after Hurricane Michael… 

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

Tampa Fl  (813) 528-5988

503 E JACKSON ST
TAMPA, FL 33602

Cape Coral Fl  (239) 823-0263

1217 E CAPE CORAL PKWY
CAPE CORAL, FL 33904

Sarasota Fl (941) 448-3577

7350 S TAMIAMI TRAIL
SARASOTA, FL 32431

Lakeland FL (863) 512-2800

3616 HARDEN BLVD
LAKELAND, FL 33803

Palm Harbor FL (727) 237-6772

35246 US HWY 19 N
PALM HARBOR, FL 34684

Orlando FL (407) 792-0288

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

Port St Lucie Fl (772) 539-5154

7548 S US HWY 1
PORT ST LUCIE, FL 34952

Daytona FL  (386) 478-7814

West Palm Beach Fl  (561) 337-1275

Fort Pierce FL  (772) 539-5154

Ft. Lauderdale FL  (954) 713-9366

Brooksville FL (352) 398-9286

Melbourne FL  (321) 215-4009

ST. Augustine FL  (904) 504-7400</strong