I see all ideas about winterizing a northern home, but nothing about summerizing a southern home. We are leaving our park model in Florida for April to November. What precautions do we take to prevent "heat" damage, ie mold, insects, etc. We were told to put wrapped-up newspapers in our closed-refrigerator, Dri-stuff to absorb moisture, and sheets over the windows and sliding glass doors. What else?
Our neighbor uses the bubble wrap on the windows, the kind that has the silver foil on both sides. They unplug the ref and prop open the door, turn the water off, and set the air cond to as high as it will go. They told me it uses elect, but they have no mold.
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We use zip lock bags filled with water to place over every drain in the house(kitchen, bath, shower etc.) as the water in the drain traps evaporate-someone told us that when the water has evaporated out of the traps that this makes a great place for insects to crawl into the house(?). We lift the toilet seat and put plastic wrap across the bowl and seal it the best we can. Set the AC somewhere between 85 & 90. Don't do anything to the windows. Water to the house is shut off. Refer doors propped open, after drying out all the condensation and putting a box of baking soda inside. And it's great if you have a trusted year round resident nearby to look inside every once in awhile. Gary
You can have a humidistat installed, it gets mounted on the wall right next to your A/C control. It will turn on the AC when the humidity gets up to a level you preset. I think ours cost somewhere around $85 installed. It works.
The humidastat is the key to no mold or smell. We have a 1640 sq ft manufactured home,and it only cost about $20.per month to keep it at 60% humidity,80 degrees. Always shut off the water. We put on the hurricane shutters.
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If you have your insurance policy on the park model, take it and all other important papers with you. If a severe hurricane hits and your park model is then located in another county, it's good to have the necessary papers to deal with everything.
We've owned a park model/mobile home for over 25 years and we've never left
electricity on and always turned off the water at the source. All I've ever
done is cover the toilet with saran and buy the mildew preventitive sacs
that you buy in Walgreens. They are the last thing you do before you lock
the doors. Be sure to open the package and pull out the baggie inside.
I clothespin it on a clothes hanger from the highest spot in the room.
I use about 5-8 of them. They give off a gas so that mildew won't form and
also if anyone breaks into the house, the gas will bother their eyes so that
they will have to get out. I believe they're called sunpacs and I've always
bought them at Walgreens in the home supplies section.
We've NEVER had a spot of mildew and the house is always fresh when we get
back after 6 months away. That's it!! Other than leaving it clean and the
frig empty and open. One other hint, hang the rubber backed bath mat over
the tub. Leaving it on the floor seems to ruin the backing.
Although we don't have a "park model", we leave our travel trailer on site all year long, and have tried many of the above suggestions. For the last few years, this is all we've done, and we've never had mold, musty smell, or any problems at all:
Open any roof vents that have a MaxAir type of cover over them (to keep rain out) so the interior humidity equalizes with the outside. Prevents condensation.
Open any angle style windows (the kind that keep rain from getting in) just a half inch or so to promote air flow.
Put a bay leaf and a dryer sheet in each cabinet (supposedly to keep bugs away), and then leave the cabinet doors open for air flow.
Cover the sink and shower drains with plastic wrap, and secure with a rubber plug to keep water from evaporating.
Pour some head lube into the toilet bowl to keep the seal from drying out.
That's it. Haven't had a problem yet. We tried the mildew bags, but those only work for a month or so, and then have to be changed. They're fine as long as someone is there to keep replacing them.