What’s going on, everybody?!
This is Mark with The Mobile Home Dealer.
I want to thank you for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to learn about two of the more common problems that older mobile homes have and what you can do as a preventative measure to ensure if these problems do occur in your home how to mitigate them so that a small issue does not turn into a large disaster!
The first problem we want to discuss today is of water damage to your mobile home.
Water damage can happen in one of two ways.
First, the issue can start through a small leak in your roof that then causes moisture damage to the rest of your home.
Many times mobile home roofs have a 25 to 30-year warranty. Once this time is up, a new roof will need to be placed on top of the current roof in order to keep your house nice and dry. You will be able to get a few extra years out of that roof if you take proper precautions, such as sealing your roof every few years. Plan to replace that roof in your mobile home if your house is older than 30 years old and you got the original one on it.
The second way water damage can occur is through the flooring system of your mobile home.
Mobile homes have what is called a vapor barrier that is installed under the base of the home. If you have never seen one, it kind of looks like a large black trash bag that is attached to the bottom part of your house. The purpose of a vapor barrier is to keep the water that comes out of the ground away from your flooring components and flooring system keeping them nice and dry. If the vapor barrier is non-existent or seriously damage you may want to consider replacing it or you could have soft spots start to develop throughout your floors.
Easy ways to fix these common issues are to make sure you get your roof inspected for leaks and if leaks are found to contact a licensed professional in order to do a patch job or to redo the entire roof.
If you have soft spots beginning to emerge in your flooring then you might want to call a licensed professional to get that vapor barrier checked out so it is in proper working order and keeping the moisture away from your home’s flooring system.
The second problem that we see in older mobile homes is termite damage.
Termite damage can begin in the flooring, the subflooring, or the structure of the mobile home. If not handled quickly, then these darn little termites can grow their colonies extremely fast and really cause your home some serious problems.
The base of your mobile home structure is wood. You have wood floors, and wood subfloors, the walls are wood based and the structural components underneath your roof are going to be wood. If you find that you have issues with termites it is not the end of the world! In fact, handling termites on a large scale is taken care of on a regular basis in most mobile home parks on a regular basis.
If your home has termite issues, then termite tenting may be needing to be done. During the tenting process, the home will be covered in a large tarp for three to four days, a licensed professional will go in and deep clean your home getting rid of all those termites.
One way to prevent a lot of these termite issues is to make sure that you keep up with your quarterly termite spraying service. This service is offered by several local professionals and will provide the first line of defense against any serious termite infestation that may occur in your mobile home in the future.
If you are saving from hiring a termite service, another way is to check all wooden parts of your house directly attached to the ground. Wooden parts touching the ground especially when wet attract termites. Termites usually don’t climb through concrete or metal. You can prevent this by spraying common anti-termite chemicals, or sometimes, even used oil will do the job.
There are other small-to-big problems that you may experience inside and outside your mobile home and disregarding these small issues could result in costly repair and maintenance in the future.
It is always recommended that as a mobile homeowner, you should not disregard simple issues like small water leaks, molds, and other irregularities.
Some mobile homeowners are forced to sell their homes for a cheaper price because there is a lot to repair and these repair costs always pull down the mobile home’s selling price. It is also hard to find buyers who are willing to spend thousands of dollars on repairs and extra waiting time while the house is undergoing renovation.
A properly-maintained mobile home always demands a higher selling price when you decide to sell your house in the very near future.
When you own a mobile home, you have a valuable asset that can be sold for a higher price if it is properly maintained. By taking care of your mobile home and keeping it in good condition, you will be able to sell it for a higher price when you decide to sell it in the future. To keep your mobile home in good condition, you should regularly clean it and perform any necessary repairs. You should also keep the exterior of your mobile home clean and free from debris. If you take care of your mobile home, it will continue to look its best and demand a higher selling price when you decide to sell it.
Another one of the most common mobile home problems is leaks. Mobile homes are particularly susceptible to leaks because they are often not as well insulated as traditional homes. This can lead to water damage and mold growth. To prevent leaks, make sure to check your mobile home regularly for any signs of water damage and repair any leaks immediately.
Another common problem with mobile homes is that they can be difficult to heat and cool evenly. This is due to the fact that mobile homes are often smaller than traditional homes and have less insulation. As a result, you may find that your mobile home is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. To combat this, you can invest in a good quality space heater or air conditioner.
Finally, another common mobile home problem is that it can be difficult to keep clean. This is because dust and dirt can easily build up on the surfaces of your mobile home. To keep your mobile home clean, make sure to vacuum and dust regularly. You may also want to consider investing in a portable air purifier to help keep the air inside your mobile home clean and fresh.
We hope this has given you a brief idea of the major issues that can happen to your home and how to prevent them.
Guys, this is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.