With the temperatures expected to drop at the end of this week, several viewers have contacted us asking how to keep pipes from freezing in mobile homes.
We spoke to one of the owners of a local mobile home park who says the most important part of keeping pipes from freezing is heat tape. The heat tape device wraps around pipes and keeps water from freezing in them.
The park owner says people should frequently test to see if their heat tape is working by feeling the pipes for warmth. He says problems arise when people unplug their heat tape during the summer.
"If somebody thinks they're going to save money by unplugging their heat tape during the summer, and then forget to plug it back in, that is a huge huge problem," said John Barkett, owner of Applewood Community. "There is nothing more deflating when you go to someone's house and say, 'I fixed your problem by plugging your heat tape back in.'"
Barkett also says that while leaving the tap dripping isn’t necessary when your heat tape is working, it’s still important to run water through lesser-used faucets at least a few times per day.