Why Mobile Home Skirting needs to be vented
Mobile Home Skirting Vents in Mobile Home crawlspaces are vulnerable moisture and animal intrusion. Skirting creates a deterrent to these elements while helping to control moisture and temperature beneath the structure. Mobile homes are generally manufactured using thinner floor and wall system materials. Skirting helps to maintain a steady temperature under the home to prevent freezing of pipes and high humidity levels that can lead to condensation and moisture problems that will potentially damage wood floors and support members. Maintaining a median temperature under a mobile home with a raised foundation is important for another reason. The air beneath the home creates a natural barrier that protects the floor and the rest of the structure from extreme temperatures during the summer and winter months. This helps to keep the interior of the home at a controllable temperature, which saves on heating and cooling costs. Every foot of siding needs an average of 1 inch of venting.
The need to protect the crawlspace of a mobile home with skirting creates a need for proper ventilation. Enclosing the mobile home foundation is necessary, but a steady flow of moving air must also be present underneath the home. Ventilation helps to keep the sub-area dry, which protects any wood members of the sub-flooring or support piers from rot, mold and infestations by pests that are attracted to moisture, such as ants and termites.
Crawlspace Gasses Can Make you sick which is another reason why Mobile Home skirting vents are so important
Another reason that mobile home skirting needs ventilation is to remove any gases that become present underneath the home. Plumbing lines that carry waste water away from bathrooms often create fumes in the sub-area that become trapped unless proper ventilation is included in the skirting design. Radon and carbon dioxide are also potential hazards to the air contained within raised foundations. Cooking and heating fuels such as LP and Natural gas create fumes that become trapped under a mobile home as well.
Gas appliances such as hot water heaters and furnaces are often installed in mobile homes. These fixtures require a regular supply of fresh air for combustion to be able to operate properly. Ventilation in the skirting provides this supply of air to these appliances without the need for special air supply lines that must be installed in mobile homes without skirting ventilation.