Skyline Inspections takes pride in all our credentials that we have earned. One credential we are most proud of is being "Mobile Home Inspector Certified" through InterNACHI. One of the most common questions we get while inspecting mobile / manufactured homes is with the tie-downs. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss these tie-downs.
What is a tie-down?
Tie-downs are a system of heavy duty metal strapping that is installed to keep the manufactured home in place during weather with high winds. If tie-downs are not properly placed a manufactured home could slide or even overturn.
What are some types of tie-downs?
Over the Top Tie-Downs: Over the top tie-downs is strapping that goes over the siding and the roof. Some units, especially single wide, have over the top tie-downs already installed and are located just underneath the siding and the roof.
Frame Anchors; Frame anchor tie-downs are attached to the frame of the manufactured home underneath the unit. Most of the time you will locate these on newer manufactured homes and double-wide's. These are acceptable because these types of manufactured homes are heavier.
What are some safety and maintenance tips?
All straps should be tight and straight. Not loose.
Replace straps that are showing signs of corrosion.
Make sure your home has the correct amount of straps for our area.
Anchors must be installed to full depth.
Straps should not be stresses, kinked, or bent.