Me, I'd buy a house. But running all your faucets at a trickle during
the deep freeze times works until you can get yourself down to the
hardware store and buy yourself some really good pipe-wrap insulation.
You might also ask your neighbors what they use on their trailer pipes
to see what's been working for them, too.
Having owned two mobile homes (aka trailers) I have found that good heat
tape works wonders. Though in my case I run two heat tapes as I have a very
long run from the ground to the bottom of the house. The trick of working
with the stuff is to make sure you don't overlap the tape upon itself as
that could create a fire risk. But if you are careful you can wind it fairly
close to itself as long as it is not touching. I also suggest a few pieces
of duct tape to hold the furthest end (the end without the plug) to the
lowest point and start wrapping from there back to the outlet. Though in
most newer homes the outlet is setup on a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupt)
circuit I would suggest using a common power strip (like that found in
computer stores) with a breaker, mounted upside down (with the holes facing
the ground) to power the thing of the cord it too short to reach the outlet.
This way you have little worries about water and electrical issues. Lastly
Make sure that the pipes are wrapped with a good amount of insulation after
the heat tape is placed to insure that the pipes stay warm. I would also
suggest that a higher priced heat tape will work far better then a cheap on,
and looking for a brand that has a thermostat (which the sensor has to be in
direct contact to the pipe), is the best bet. In my first mobile home I
learned that the hard way, the first heat taped lasted 6 months, but the
second lasted 8 years before I removed it for placement of my newest home.
Hope this helps!
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