Almost all mobile homes require routine inspections and maintenance just like a conventional site-built home. The regular maintenance of the manufactured housing structures is to ensure that they are in top shape and free from damages. It is true that manufactured homes are less prone to adverse weather conditions because their construction process is completely performed in a factory like setting.
In addition to that, the construction quality of these factory-built homes are a lot more superior to that of conventional site-built homes. However, if you fail to conduct regular inspection and maintenance on your mobile home, then the chances for damages are significantly higher. Below are a few simple mobile home maintenance tips that every homeowner should know.
Ensure that your Mobile Home is Level
One of the most crucial things to note while inspecting your mobile home is to check whether the home is on level or not. If a mobile home is not accurately leveled, then it will result in several serious issues such as cracks on the walls, leakages, and you may even find it hard to properly close your windows and doors.
If the roof of your mobile home is flat, then you will certainly need to regularly recoat and reseal it. Some homebuilders advise mobile homeowners to do this every year. You should also make sure that there is no cracked caulking or soft spots on the structure.
The perimeter enclosure or skirting of a mobile home is one of the most crucial factors of the structure and they need proper and regular maintenance. Skirting serves the role of an insulator and offers protection to your home from pests. Securing the skirting and ensuring adequate venting will help you to prevent the entry of animals into your home, as well as prevent the growth of mold.
Know the Measurements of your Home
Mobile homes that were built before July 1978 did not use the standard ‘big box construction store’ sizes. The bathtubs, doors, interior and exterior of these structures are generally smaller when compared to that of today’s mobile homes. Knowing the measurements will help you to know what will fit on your mobile home and what will not.
The plumbing of mobile home is actually a bit different to the plumbing of conventional homes. So, try to learn about the plumbing of your mobile home and try to add a shut-off valve to the faucets and toilet in the kitchen and bathroom. In addition to that, you should also know where your main shut-off valve is in your mobile home.