Manufactured Homes Plumbing
While many homeowners believe that all plumbing systems are similar, mobile home plumbing can be different from permanent structures and other manufactured homes. Part of that is because the pipes' orientation and drain venting need to be different for each build. Another reason is that manufactured homes are often outfitted with innovative plumbing that hasn't been around as long or doesn't meet current standards.
Common Mobile Home Plumbing Issues
Mobile home plumbing parts are usually different from the ones used in site-built structures. Often, these materials are either lower in standard or just haven't been tested for as long, so it's unknown what problems may occur after production. However, our plumbers have been working on both new and older manufactured homes for years, and we've seen all of these common issues and more. So, whether it's any of the issues below or you require emergency plumbing services, we've got you covered!
Mobile home plumbing leaks are fairly common, especially in older homes. That's because mobile home manufacturers often used lower-grade plastic piping. These plastic pipes are prone to leaking with even minimal use and can be difficult to access if you don't know what you're looking for. Thankfully, most newer manufactured homes utilize stronger and longer-lasting CPVC or PEX, and plumbers can repipe older homes to meet the same standards.
Another issue with bad piping and the compact nature of mobile home plumbing is that it can be prone to clogs. This can include clogged toilets, clogged bath or shower drains, clogged sinks or other clogged drains. Depending on the nature of the clog, repairs may not cut it and we may have to replace certain components to ensure that you won't continue to have the same problem.
Leaky faucets are another common issue, usually in sinks, but sometimes in bathtubs or showers as well. While repairs can sometimes be completed, we often suggest simply replacing the whole unit to avoid ongoing issues. When replacing a plumbing fixture, it's important to account for space limitations, especially when installing an under-counter vent for sinks.
Low Water Pressure
There could be a few reasons for low water pressure, so first, it's important to rule out primary causes. If there's low water pressure throughout the home, check with your neighbors to ensure there isn't a community-wide issue. If the water pressure is low at a single fixture, it may be that the aerator needs to be cleaned for that specific fixture.
Sewer Line Clogs
Manufactured home plumbing often doesn't have clean-outs for the various plumbing fixtures, including kitchen, mainline, and washing machines. The lack of clean-outs can become an issue when there are problems with the sewer line. If you're experiencing sewer drain line stoppages, an experienced plumber will need to be called to resolve the issue.
Mobile Home Plumbing Preventative Care
Routine maintenance can go a long way in preventing or catching issues early. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most out of your plumbing system.
- Know how to shut off the main water supply
- Prepare pipes for winter with heat tape
- Do not use chemical drain cleaners
- Clear clogs with a plunger or high water pressure cleaning
- Replace faucet washers if they're leaking water
- Pay attention to water bills to catch leaks sooner