As a mobile home occupant, there are some specific actions or considerations that you or the property owner should undertake during winter months. These will ensure that your water meter and pipe infrastructure remain in good use and free of incidents that may require repairs during colder months.
Here are some tips to make you more successful in prevent water maintenance this winter:
• Water pipes and meters should be heat taped and wrapped with insulation to prevent freezing. (Unlike in homes with permanent foundations, mobile home meters are exposed to outdoor temperatures underneath the structure.)
The best way to apply heat tape is to wrap the tape in a figure 8 pattern around the base of the meter. The heat tape should be applied starting where the line comes out of the ground up to the bottom of the home of your home.
• If there already is heat tape and insulation applied, check it in the fall and periodically over the winter months to ensure the heat tapeisworking
Effective heat tape should be soft or warm to the touch. If in doubt, replace it.
Please also note:
• If your water meter breaks due to freezing, the cost of replacing the meter is the responsibility of the homeowner or tenant.
• If a leak is detected, try to determine if it is the water meter or the piping causing the leak. If the issue is with pipes, seek advice from a plumber. It is the responsibility of the homeowner or tenant to ensure there are no leaks.
We hope this information assists in providing you with a worry-free winter. For any additional questions, please contact the Town of Kindersley at 306-463-2675.