Kitchen water-ny ideas would help!

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I Purchased a manufactured home an love in north east been -10 to -20 below all insulated an heat taped can't keep water in my kitchen any ideas would help

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  • Judy Judy on Jan 02, 2018
    Turn on your faucets on a drip all nite, and this will prevent your pipes from freezing. We do this, when ever it goes below 32, just for safety. Take care, and be wise with your home. Be aware of furnaces too., use candles wisely, and do not leave them on, if you leave a room. Hoping this helps you. Do reply, if more questions I can help you with. We lived in MI, NY, and other northern areas, so we are aware of what you are going thru. Keep you quilts handy, or extra blankets, in case you need them thru the nite. This is suppose to last for another week, or two. FL will even get snow this week. Now that is a rarity, think of the fruit that we rely on, and few folks never even think of snow in those areas. Best wishes, J.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jan 02, 2018
    To keep pipes from freezing, check your tape, make sure it is not criss-crossed over itself that will make it short out. It should be wrapped like a candy cane around and around but only in one direction. Then leave your cabinet doors open to let heat get to pipes. One man in our area thaws pipes for a living. He tells folks in mobile homes to turn the heat up because the pipes are next to the heat vents and insulated together under the home. He also tells them to put a safe ceramic heater under their home if they have skirting to help kick up the temps there. You can also let the water trickle so it is barely more than a drip. You don't want to freeze up your out going pipes, then you really have trouble if no water can go out so just trickle the water when you get them thawed. Any time it will be colder in your area that your pipes might freeze, let the water trickle esp. at night when water is not in use to keep it running. Be careful and be safe. Use only the safest methods. Oh, one more thought, he also tells them if they want to thaw a pipe use only a hair dryer aimed at the pipe where you suspect it may have frozen, NEVER a torch or any flame!

  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jan 02, 2018
    To keep the heat inside and the cold outside:
    • Open the curtains on sunny days for passive heat, and keep warm air inside when shut at night. Thick curtains one of the main ways to protect your house from losing heat through the windows. Consider adding a thermal curtain in front of doors as well. If you don't mind spending more, you could even invest in solar shades or thermal-lined draperies. If price is a consideration, you can easily line what you already have with materials like relatively inexpensive polar fleece (available at fabric stores or WalMart) or old blankets/quilts.

    • Speaking of windows, they are a primary culprit when temperatures drop in the winter, and this is especially true if your windows are not air-tight, without any type of insulation or special pane. Caulk to seal off any leaks around the windows. Caulk only costs a few bucks and can add up to major savings on your energy bill. As you turn up the heat inside, your thin windows cause cool air to sneak in and wage a temperature battle. In order to prevent this from happening, bubble wrap adds a layer of protective insulation. It sounds odd, but bubble wrap is a common, effective insulator during the winter months. Applying bubble wrap to your windows takes just 15 seconds per window, meaning you can have your entire house insulated in mere minutes. All you need is a large supply of bubble wrap, scissors, and a spray bottle filled with water.
    • You can also stretch sheets of plastic across your windows on the inside of the window frames. You can buy sheets of plastic in kits for this purpose or even use bubble wrap. The little air pockets act as buffers that keep warm air from escaping. To apply, cut the sheets to fit your window, spray your windows with a light mist of water, then press the wrap against the glass.

    • Use draft stoppers (sometimes called draft dodgers) to keep gusts of cold air from slipping in beneath your doors. You can buy them or create your own by filling a fabric tube with newspaper or simply using a rolled up towel or blanket.

    • Put down some area rugs which can help insulate the floor and keep cold air trapped beneath them. They also help keep feet nice and warm.

    • Make sure your furniture doesn't cover your heating vents.

    • Check electrical outlets which can let heat escape your home, especially if cracked. After turning off the electricity, remove the electrical plate and reseal the inside with caulk to help keep warm air indoors.

    • Leave your oven door cracked open once it's turned off after a home cooked meal. This will share the oven's heat with the rest of your home instead of letting it go to waste.

    • Keep the doors to unused rooms closed. Leaving the bathroom door open while you shower will add humidity to dry winter air.

    • Heat rises. If you have a ceiling fan, reverse the direction of the blades to help the warm air circulate more efficiently.

    • Contact your local Community Action Agency. Ask about their Weatherization Program. They'll do an energy audit. From doors, windows , walls and lighting, to the kitchen, bathroom, furnace and appliances – there are a lot of ways to lower energy bills and save money inside your mobile home. If you qualify, you can get the belly board redone, which is a band of sheathing under the trailer that holds in the insulation.