Mobile homes have been around since 1950s but in the initial years, there were no stringent standardizations and manufacturers followed construction standards entirely of their own. But in 1976, the Housing and Urban Development of USA (HUD) finally created safety regulations and standardized construction for mobile homes. Here are some of the problems associated with old mobile homes.
1. Wiring Installed by homeowners
Though there are no problems associated with the mobile home’s electrical panel (because it is wired according to the HUD standards), however, some owners include customized circuits of their own which can be quite dangerous. Some common old mobile home wiring defects are:
- Sloppy electrical work by laymen
- Difference in the wiring and breaker rating
- Unshielded cables, cracked and stiff power cords
2. Moisture and Plumbing Issues
Plumbing issues are the most common problem faced by old mobile homes. Some of the toilets do not have shut off valves while others have old polybutylene piping which are no longer acceptable in the manufactured home industry. In clammy and hot climates, moisture is a leading problem associated with old mobile homes.
3. Mobile home House Preparation Problems
House preparation is the most important thing to consider when installations are being done. If they are not done properly and the site is not inspected prior to installation, severe drainage problems may arise. The foundation ought to be proper for the terrain conditions.
4. Structural faults
Best structural integrity is offered by solid lumber. The wood and metal sheets used in walls experience deterioration. But one of the most common problems associated with old mobile homes is the damaged bottom board, also called belly wrap. This plastic insulation provides protection against rodents and pests. Sometimes, plumbing repairs require homeowners to cut open the bottom board which is not sealed properly. This causes problems afterwards.
Most of the problems associated with mobile homes can be rectified. Contact us if you want C47 licensed inspectors to inspect mobile homes in Orange County California.