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How often should mobile/manufactured home foundation tie-downs be checked?
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
FEMA Says Every Five Years
If you are anxious about the upcoming hurricane season, now is a good time to make sure your anchors and straps are in good shape. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a recommendation for scheduling regular tie-down inspections: check anchors and strap tension every two years for coastal areas, and every five years for inland locations (more than 3,000 feet from the coast), and replace corroded anchors and straps as necessary.
Because the job involves removing skirting and crawling around under the home, you may not want to tackle it yourself. We suggest calling a Florida-licensed mobile home installer instead. A professional can also recommend storm-resistant improvements, such as adding longitudinal tie-downs for an older mobile home.
What To Look For
But, if you plan on checking it out yourself and want to know what to look for, see our blog post What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?
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