Tie-downs are crucial when it comes to the safety of any manufactured home. Because manufactured homes are very lightweight, strong winds are more likely to get under and lift the home. If your mobile home is not tied down, it could get rolled or flipped in a tornado or severe windstorm.
So what are tie-downs? They’re a simple system of heavy-duty straps and galvanized steel anchors that secure the home to the ground. As long as they are properly installed and maintained, they will last for a long time.
Whether your mobile home is old or new, make sure it is tied down. Here is what you need to know before you decide to install tie-downs:
- • Always consult with a professional installer or building inspector for questions or issues.
- • Homes vary. Familiarize yourself with what kinds of tie downs or anchors your home needs.
- • The ground conditions vary. Determine what kind of anchor you’ll need for the ground.
- • Weather conditions vary. Contact your local building department to find out how many tie-downs are necessary for your home.
- • If you have an older home, make sure the straps don’t become loose. This can result from a home sinking over time. It may need to be re-leveled to correct the tension on straps.
- • Replace straps and anchors that show signs of corrosion or damage.
- • Be sure your turnbuckles (devices to adjust the tension and length of straps) have welded eyes or forged eyes – not hooks.
- • Make sure straps are not kinked or bent.
- • Use radius clips to protect straps at sharp edges.
- • Make sure anchors are installed to full depth.
You can learn even more about tie-downs from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
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For informational use only. Not applicable to all situations.