If you live in a manufactured home, you may already know the routine when a hurricane is on its way to your region. You need to pack your things and head to safer areas before the start of the storm. However, hurricane preparation for the manufactured homeowners should start long before the storm hits, and a regular checkup of the anchoring system of the manufactured home is a very crucial part of that.
Inspecting Tie Downs Regularly
Tie downs are the system of steel straps and anchors that are designed to keep the manufactured home firmly attached to the ground. Building officials and experts recommend manufactured homeowners to check the tie downs and anchors at least once in a year. They also recommend that it is better to do the necessary repairs before the annual season of hurricanes get into full swing.
There are many inspection and repair companies out there, who are willing to inspect and repair the tie downs and anchors of your manufactured home for a minimal fee. However, if you are willing, you will be able to do a good job of preliminary inspection of the home yourself and find out if your home needs professional attention.
Understanding the Basics
The first thing you need to do is understand the basics of the anchoring system of your home. There are mainly three parts of the manufactured home anchoring system.
The first part is the anchor. Anchors are steel rods that are screwed into the ground to offer support to the manufactured home. These rods are many feet long, but only a few inches of the anchors will be above ground level after the installation is finished; else, they will not have the power to hold the house.
Second part is the steel straps. These straps fasten around the frame of the manufactured home and are attached to the anchors of the home with adjustable bolts. However, it will be difficult for you to find the number of straps to be used to secure your home, as the numbers will be set by engineers and changing building standards.
Almost all the manufactured homes should have a minimum of eight steel straps, although more than twenty-four straps are used sometimes, depending on the size of the home and the time at which the home was installed.
The third and last part is the pier on which the home sits on. These piers will be usually made of concrete blocks that are stacked on concrete pad. Some of the manufactured homes may stand on a concrete pier, especially if these homes are elevated above ground levels.