Most Common Plumbing Issues In The Mobile Home
There are many common plumbing problems that you probably face in your mobile homes. Luckily, some of them can be easily fixed by yourself. Before you do that, however, you need to know how to spot these problems and what exactly they are. This is essential since plumbing problems are more common in mobile homes. The metals in mobile homes’ plumbing systems are softer because they are smaller in size and more economical. They are also not properly installed, and so they can cause you much more problems.
Now let’s get started on what these problems are and what you can do to fix them.
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The thumping sounds can occur when water is being run or drained. Most owners do not realize that this thumping is due to plumbing or water, but these thumping sounds are usually due to a ventilation issue supply. Even though ventilation issues like these are complicated for you to fix on your own, we can help you to plan better so you can save money and time. When the thumping occurs when a sink is being drained, then it is a sign that you have to strap your drain lines under your house. When the thumping occurs while water is running, then the water lines are not being installed properly with straps. Hammer arresters are usually the product to fix it, but you need a plumber to help you do so.
If you detect an odor, this definitely means that there is something wrong, but odors may have many different causes.
Firstly, there could be a bad auto vent. This is the most common problem in contributing to an odor in your house. Old auto vent springs can stop closing all the way, which then allows odor from the drainage system to come through.
Next, it could be due to a bad wax ring. A bad wax ring will usually manifest itself in leaking under your toilet, but you will not be able to see it. This means that sewer water is building up under your home, and this could be disastrous for you.
Another problem could be a dry P-Trap. When your pipes are partially clogged, they could block a vent and thus cause water in your sink traps to be dried. This will then stop the P-Trap from preventing the smell to come through in your house. However, if the smell is from the drainage, then you can just unclog it using a snake.
Lastly, an odor could be due to a detachment in your pipes. If your pipes are detached, leaking will occur under your home and thus cause a bad smell. Detached pipes can occur due to transportation or poot installation, but you can always get them replaced.
3. Slow drainage
Slow drainage is probably caused by a build-up of hair on the popup, clogging it. To fix it just check your drain plug and the metal bar so you can remove the clog. What you want to do to unclog your pipes is to use a snake, which is a coiled metal item to push or pull out the clog. They are narrow enough to get through your pipes and can be bought for not more than $30 for small clogging issues. If you find that you can’t unclog it yourself, then you should get a professional to get their industrial snakes to unclog your pipes.
4. Backflow into the bathtub when you flush your toilet
A clog in your drain line will cause water to flow in your bathtub when flushing a toilet because the bathtub is the lowest point of the plumbing system. These can be solved by a closet auger, which is like a snake but made of a cable and a rod to push the clog out into the sewer. Unless you experience noise or smell, it’s usually just a stoppage. Otherwise, the issue lies in your ventilation. You would then need to add another vent for the master bath sink, bathtub, and toilet by tying them on a single waste line.
5. Low pressure
Low pressure in mobile homes is caused by an aerator clogged in your sink screens. All you have to do is to clean them or replace them. However, low pressure can also be caused by a clog in valves, filters, or screens. You need to know where they are in order to clean them. Furthermore, if your galvanized supply lines have mineral buildup, this can also cause low pressure. Unfortunately, you need to do a replacement for such a problem.
Leaking is a frequent issue even across all types of houses, but more common in mobile homes.
Firstly, shower head leaks occur when you move your shower head around and water is being run. As such, you might not notice them until there is water damage on your walls or floor. By then, it would need a professional to fix the water damage and leaks. As a homeowner, it is thus important that you notice them early so that you prevent severe water damage that will be costly and long to fix.
Next, leaks can happen in faucets in the connecters where the faucet is attached to the main supply line. Because they are made of plastic in mobile homes, they can loosen over a period of time and cause leaks.
Although these five problems mentioned above are likely to occur in older mobile homes, they are not a stranger to new mobile homes as well. You need to check your mobile homes regularly, or about twice a year, even if it’s a new one. A thorough inspection means going under your house and keeping an eye out for any loose pipes, puddles of water, or weird smells. You also need to check your walls, floors, sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. Any moisture or softness should be a sign to you. Lastly, you need to check your sink aerator screens as you replace your furnace’s filter. That way, you can ensure that the problem is addressed quickly.
As always, prevention or early detection is crucial so that your problems don’t snowball. Addressing them quickly through a good habit of regular inspection around your house can help you save money and effort as well. Simple things like unclogging pipes are easy for you to do yourself, but always call a professional if you don’t know what you’re doing.