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What Does A Typical Mobile Home Underbelly Repair Entail?


Repairing the underbelly of your mobile home entails insulating the floors. It is one of the most essential ways of maintaining your home so as to provide a conducive environment to live in.

The underbelly of a mobile home is typically the floor of that home. This is because it is the only side that can be accessed from its underside. The insulation of the underbelly can be destroyed by moisture, decay or attack from rodents. Due to space restrictions, the underbelly repair can be very difficult, uncomfortable and time wasting.

-The ABCD of Mobile Home Underbelly Repair

How can you insulate the underbelly of your mobile home?

The most effective and non costly way of controlling the amount of heat in your mobile home is through insulating its underbelly. That said, one of the best products to use for this purpose is the R-19 material made from polythene. Insulation of the floor is not a complicated process as it can be done by only two people within a short duration of time.

How can you repair small underbelly problems?

Repairing minor underbelly problems is an easy task. Some of the steps to follow are:

* Locate the holes and tears on the mobile home.
* Clear the area from any debris, dirt or rodent's nest.
* Add insulation material to replace the one which has fallen through the open hole.
* Fix the insulation properly at the right place using a small push stick.
* Use a flexible polythene tape to patch the hole. The tape is made from a similar material as the underbelly insulator so as to increase in ability to attach to the insulator.
* Using a heat gun or hair drier, apply heat on the tape to enhance its stickiness.

How can you repair large areas on the underbelly?

In repairing large parts of the underbelly, the following steps should be followed,

* Remove all the fabric underbelly material of the section of the mobile home to be repaired. Since the underbelly is divided into several sections, work on each section separately as it's required.
* Replace the insulation which has fallen from the floor joists with new insulation.
* Fasten the paper-backed insulation with silicone caulk.
* Install a new polythene fabric underbelly.
* Fasten the underbelly at the edges of the mobile home using nails or wooden screws.
* Seal any open gaps with the polythene tape.

When carrying out underbelly repairs, the following tips and warning can be of great help.

* Power tools such as the air nail and power screw drivers are of great importance when repairing the underbelly of mobile homes. This is because swinging of the hammer is very difficult due to the small space available.
* The polythene underbelly material is readily available for repair services. Its standard widths are the same as the standard widths of the mobile homes.
* Use should always use polythene tape instead of duct tape. This is because the polythene tapes always last longer thus are good investment ideas in time and effort saving.

Some of the products used in repairing the underbelly of a mobile home are:

* Belly bottom board fabric. These fabrics are made from similar material i.e. from a flex- mend brand woven polythene film. The only difference is their prices. The differences in their prices come from their different sizes as each size cost differently. The larger the size, the more expensive they are. Some of these products are:

1.1. Product id: H-1001-14. Product size: 14' * 40'. Price $ 84.26
1.2. Product id: H-1001-12. Product size: 14' * 80'. Price $ 159.90
1.3. Product id: H-1001-13. Product size: 16' * 80'. Price $ 175.32
1.4. Product id: H-1001-11. Product size: 30"' * 100'. Price $ 37.4

* Zipper access. Product id: H-1001-4. Product size 6' * 4". Price $ 7.95

* Black belly mending tape. Product id: H-1038-2. Product sizes 3" * 100' roll. Price $ 32.54

These tapes are made from polythene. They are used to adhere to the type of fabric used in the underbelly. They can also be used to repair tears and cuts.

The underbelly parts are readily available in retail stores and product services. They can also be bought online via websites that offer these products.


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