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How can I tell if there was water under a mobile home?
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Any standing water under a mobile home will leave floodmark debris line on the piers, like in the photo above. There can also be a ragged edge caused by water wicking up the block when the ground has been saturated under the home for a long period, as in the photo below.
Although a mobile home is supposed to be sited so that the ground slopes away from it on all sides, so that water runs around the crawl space area instead of across it, not all mobiles are sited correctly. And water running under the home can create river-like grooves in the soil, like in the photos below, which can also be caused by a plumbing leak under the home.
All of these symptoms of water problems under a home can usually be observed by opening the skirting at a couple of locations and shining a flashlight around the area. But if you want to go under the home to examine the piers and ground more closely, we recommend reading our blog post Is it safe to go under a mobile home? first.
Also, see our blog post How can I remove water under my mobile home?
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