Common Mobile Home Repairs (Do It Yourself)
Updated: Feb 24
There are Mobile Home (Interior) repairs that don’t need to call for professional help. With determination, right tools and materials, you can do it yourself! It will save you a lot of money and give you happiness and fulfilment!
Mobile homes have walls that are meant to be water resistant, but when exposed to water, such as when the gutters are not sealed, roof water can flow and go into walls and cause wood rot to the walls.
You can fix or reconstruct portion sections/parts of drywall or paneling with patches. Sometimes walls may need to be reassembled.
Older mobile homes have particle board as their flooring. This flooring is easily damaged by moisture. It will retain water if it is wet. The water can then spread quickly through it.
Water damage from pipe bursts under the sink or a line in the house can cause severe damage to your mobile home flooring.
It is much easier to replace your flooring than you think. It is possible to replace plywood on where the previous or damaged particle board was, then install the tile or carpet you choose.
FYI: Placing plywood on top of low-quality flooring can raise the height of your floor. This shouldn't be a problem, generally speaking. Linoleum can be used to cover the new flooring. It will give a more subtle impression than the carpet.
If you plan to remove the damaged areas and replace them with plywood, you must ensure that you do not cut the underlying beams. This could compromise the structural integrity of your mobile home.
It is important to fix any leaks in your tub, shower or plumbing as soon as you notice them. Leakages can travel quickly through walls and floors. Even a small amount of water can cause major damage to your house.
Mobile home shower repair can be done in a lot of ways. Many repairs can be done by you.
Repairing a broken shower base or bathtub
Any wood below or near a broken bathtub or shower base could suffer severe water damage. Leaks can travel in unpredictable ways. This means that the area directly below the leak may not be the only one affected. Broken tubs or shower bases must be repaired immediately.
The Epoxy shower kit can be used to quickly and easily fix cracks. It can be used on ceramic, fiberglass, and plastic. Once dried, it is waterproof and sealable. It can be used on cracks less than 5 inches in length and set up in just 20 minutes. You can purchase multiple kits for more extensive repairs.
The electrical service might be powered on while walking through the property. If this happens, check the electrical service to ensure that all appliances and light switches are working correctly.
A licensed electrician or handyman can provide additional information and estimates for repairs and repairs to electrical equipment, such as breaker boxes or exposed wires.
For sure you want the Exterior of your Mobile Home to be attractive and charming but you should make sure that it is 100% safe and secure. You shouldn't neglect exterior repairs, particularly in the skirting area. Mobile home skirting protects your home's underside from the elements and keeps pests away. It is very important.
You may be able repair your skirting without having to replace it if it is just slightly damaged. However, it would be best to patch any holes in the vinyl skirting before winter.
String trimmers and weed whackers can often cause damage to vinyl skirting. It can't withstand spinning strings on its own. Installing skirt guards along the bottom of vinyl skirting is an easy solution. This guard can withstand weed whackers and other hazards that could cause damage to vinyl skirting.
Mobile Home Roof Repair
It is essential to repair your mobile home's roof immediately. Even a small water leak can cause irreparable damage within a short time. So find and fix a roof leak immediately!
Water can travel in unpredictable ways. Water damage found in one location does not necessarily indicate that there is a leak directly overhead. You might encounter water in your home from another source, such as a beam or other surface.
Fix your door
It is easy to see if your door needs some TLC. It may not fit in the door jamb as it did before. This often indicates that the hinges aren't holding the door at the right angle. You can tighten the hinge screws starting to pull away from your wall or door.
Lubricate your knob first if it is stuck or you have trouble locking and unlocking your door. If that fails, you may need to replace the knob or lock assembly.
These are signs that your Mobile Home door should be replaced
Mobile home doors can wear quickly. Sometimes none of these remedies will work. For example, if the screws in your door have been stripped, it won't be possible to tighten them enough to get the door back to the right angle. If that happens, you will need to replace the door.
It's time for a door replacement if it is bulging or warped. You should replace any components or moldings separating from the door as soon as possible.
You will need to replace your door if your knob assembly is deteriorating and the area holding the knob in place is worn out.
Window Repair for Mobile Homes
Broken glass can be replaced with new glass, or the entire window can be replaced.
Window pane replacement
Replacing one pane of glass in your window may be less expensive. However, this is more expensive than replacing the whole window. It will also be much more difficult if you don't have the necessary skills. You should have the skills to do this. If you don't, replacing the whole window unit is time.
This is more of a somebody will do it for you. Home warranties... despite popular belief, there are companies out there that cover mobile homes. Home warranties won't solve all of your problems, but they can cover the cost of replacing or repairing significant expenses such as appliances, electrical, and plumbing. Keep in mind they do not cover structural issues such as framing, windows, or potentially roofing.
You will want to do some of your own research for what works best for you. You must consider a monthly payment, deductible, and what is covered in the policy. But keep in mind a little money put aside each month could help you avoid a significant expense at an inopportune time.
The Bottom Line
It's easier than you think to repair your mobile home. You can keep your mobile home in top shape for many years with a bit of knowledge (Google and YouTube are your friends) and a lot of determination, and don't forget; you will have dirty shirts and greasy hands while doing repairs. But, on the other hand, doing things yourself can bring you a sense of satisfaction. So get out there and do the repair you have been dreading.
We buy and sell mobile homes throughout California, Las Vegas, NV, and parts of Oregon, Washington, and Florida, so if you’re looking for help, please feel free to contact us.