We’re back again for another discussion on what are soft spots in a mobile home floor?
Today we will discuss how to avoid getting those pesky soft spots in the very first place, but first, let’s review what soft spots are in mobile home floors just so that we’re all caught up and on the same page before moving forward.
Mobile home soft spots are when a portion of your mobile home floor gets wet and begins to swell eventually causing a hole in the wood floor.
This can happen through an appliance that is running, a pipe under the home that has burst or a number of liquid spills in the same general area that were not cleaned up quickly. Over time, the liquid will soak through the flooring and get to the wood subfloor, which causes it to begin to cave in on itself. If this is not treated quickly and efficiently, the wood floor will eventually sag in so far it will cause a hole in the middle of your mobile home floor!
Another common way for soft spots to be created is when a pipe under the home bursts and the water sprays on the underside of the floor, causing a soft spot from the bottom up.
Many times this will happen without even the owner knowing it’s going on!
Now that we have gotten everyone up to speed on the basics of what a soft spot is in a mobile home floor, let’s go ahead and discuss how to avoid them in the very first place!
When discussing the most common soft spots, the ones that start from the top and then go down to the subfloor, we need to mention the obvious fix:
If you spill something, clean it up!
Generally speaking, a liquid spill will not create a soft spot, as it will have to soak through the over-flooring which could be carpet, wood or laminate in order to get the subfloor which is where the soft spot well eventually occur.
Something very simple that we all grew up learning; if you spill something, clean it up!
Another common soft spot to avoid is ones that are happening from a running appliance.
This can be done from a refrigerator, a bathtub or a toilet.
As preventative maintenance, make sure you check that all of these items were correctly installed and sealed, as this is one of the most common issues we see with them all the time. These house fixtures just were not installed properly from the start, which leads to water issues without, again, the owner even knowing.
The last common way to avoid those soft spots is through the turning off of the main water valve at the back of the house. I have seen that in order for this preventative maintenance to work best, remember to shut off the water if you will be out of the home for more than a few days, for sure a week or more.
I hope these basic tips have helped you get a better idea of how to help minimize your exposure to soft spots so that you can have a safe, dry floor in your mobile home for years to come.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home buyers and sellers get to a better place in life.