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Mobile home piers & stabilizers:
Special attention should be given to mobile home, double-wide or trailer to tie-downs, hurricane and storm damage prevention, and special connections are required between sections of double-wide and multi-wide mobile homes.
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Common Questions about Mobile Home Support, Piers, Structure
Question: (Jan 10, 2013) summer said: trailer is falling apart, is it fixable?
Hi me and my mom and my siblings and my two young kids live in a 3 bedroom trailer and its falling apart I need to see if its fixable or not
Reply: set repair priorities for a mobile home
Summer, if you are not able to do the work yourselves, which sounds like th case, I think you need to start with asking for an inspection and a repair cost estimate from a local contractor who repairs mobile homes.
Be sure to focus on and plan the financing of repairs in this order:
1. Fix things that are dangerous, that could kill or hurt someone, including not just slip and fall hazards but electrical or heating hazards or fire hazards including missing safe exit doors or stairs and inadequate structural support and tie downs (if you are in a high wind zone)
2. Fix things that flat don't work and that you need, like flushing toilets or running water
3. Fix things that are causing rapid costly damage to the home such as serious roof leaks or leaks in walls that are rotting the structure, inviting in termites or carpenter ants, or are damaging the heating or electrical or other systems.
Those three things are the top repair priorities.
Question: failing masonry block piers below a mobile home
4/24/14 Anonymous said:
hi me my husband live in a 3 bedroom mobile home and it is on a hillside and it has been here now for 18 years and is starting to come off the blocks and we do have tie downs on it my question is if we get more tie downs will it hold in place for awhile until we can find someone to come and reblock it
Reply: having an idea how much pier movement has occurred, how rapid, over what period of time, & what's its cause can help determine the level of risk and the priority of repair
I really can't guess without having a better idea what is the cause, what is the rate of movement, and what site conditions might lead you to expect that the movement will continue slowly versus reach a point of sudden dangerous collapse that could lead to serious injury or worse.
You need to have some idea of why the mobile home is moving and what risks are involved.
Even small movements can be dangerous if they rupture a gas line or an electrical connection, and movements that break the waste piping can create a health hazard.
If you can find an engineer who has experience with foundations, piers, and who knows the geology and soil conditions where your home is located, that'd be the best person to ask to take a look at the situation.
If you can't find or can't afford such an expert, a local foundation contractor or excavator who is experienced and knows the area might be able to give at least a simple initial opinion even if it's one that is less qualfied or less expert.
Finally, if there is no movement of the soil or hillside and if the problem is entirely one of poorly built or deteriorated supporting block piers, that should be less worrisome and easier to fix even if one simply added additional temporary support as blocking or a similar system. For that task ask a local mobile home installer for assistance.
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