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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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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES:

• Where can I file a complaint if I have problems with my new or used manufactured/mobile home in Florida?

 What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?

• How do I determine the age of a very old mobile home?

• What is a "HUD label verification letter" for a mobile/manufactured home?  

• When did a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) become required under a mobile/manufactured home? 

• Is it safe to go under a mobile home? 

• Are older mobile homes unsafe? 

• What do I need to know about buying a foreclosed mobile home? 

• Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it? 

• Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home? 

• How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

• What is the right price for a used mobile home?

• How energy efficient is a mobile home?

• When were the first double-wide mobile homes manufactured?

• How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?

• What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home? 

• Can you move an older mobile home in Florida? 

• What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home? 

• Can you put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?

• What's the differences between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home? 

• What is a D-sticker mobile home? 

• What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?

• How fireproof is a mobile home?  

• Can I install a mobile home myself?

• What is a Park Model mobile home?  

• Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with the HUD Code? 

• What walls can I remove in a mobile home?

• What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home? 

• How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?

• How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?

   Visit our MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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