1. 2)When a long-term leak in the water heater compartment rots out the floor, some ingenious homeowners put a low-boy (short and wide) water heater on the ground directly under the compartment. Check in the crawl space.

  2. 3)If the homeowner decided to upgrade to a larger water heater that does not fit in the compartment, it may have been moved to a shed on the ground next to the exterior wall of the compartment, or to a detached shed, carport storage room, or well house.

    Because getting at a mobile home water heater requires a few minutes work to remove the 6 or 8 screws securing the cover panel in place, it rarely gets checked for leakage or corrosion unless it stops working. That’s a shame because, when a problem does occur, it may not get noticed until water seeps into an adjacent room. At that point, there is likely to be structural damage to the floor, wet insulation under it and mold growth in the drywall of the compartment. To head off this potentially expensive problem, we recommend opening the compartment once a year for a quick look around.

    If you determine that your water heater needs replacement after you find it, only a water heater rated for installation in mobile homes should be used. To read more about it, see our blog post “What is the difference between a manufactured/mobile home water heater and a regular water heater?”

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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  2. How much does it cost to move a mobile home?

  3. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  4. Where are Wind Zone 2 and Wind Zone 3 for mobile homes located?

  5. Can I paint the vinyl covered wallboard in a mobile home?

  6. How can I know if my mobile home meets HUD Code?

  7. What can I do to prevent moisture problems in my mobile home?

  8. Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with with HUD Code?

  9. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  10. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  11. What is an air conditioner for a mobile home called?

  12. Do I need stairs at all exit doors from a mobile home?

  13. Why are there two VIN numbers on some mobile home titles?

  14. What’s the difference between a manufactured and a mobile home?

  15. What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?

  16. Why are there cracks in the wallboard in a mobile home after its moved?

  17. Can you move a mobile home that is 20 years old in Florida?

  18. What is a pit set mobile home?

  19. Do you have any tips for buying a used mobile home?

  20. Why is the floor tile cracked in my mobile home?

  21. Why is it important that a mobile home stay level throughout its lifetime?

  22. How much venting is required for mobile home skirting?

  23. What do I need to know about building an addition to a mobile home?

  24. What is the average lifespan of a wood deck?

  25. What is the best air conditioner for a mobile home?

  26. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

  27. What is the life expectancy of a modular home?

  28. How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?

  29. When was the first double-wide mobile home manufactured?

  30. Why is my double-wide considered a HUD home?

  31. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

  32. Can I tell the year of a manufactured/mobile home from the HUD tag (red tag)?

  33. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

  34. What are the HUD requirements for selling a remodeled or renovated mobile home?

  35. How many mobile/manufactured home manufacturers are licensed to sell their homes in Florida?

  36. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

  37. What are the limitations on homesites where a mobile/manufactured home can be located?

  38. What does a home inspector look for when examining a mobile home crawl space?

  39. How do I look for mold in my mobile home?

  40. What is the difference between the electric service to a mobile home and a site built home?

  41. How can I make my mobile home more energy efficient?

  42. What are the ventilation requirements for bathrooms and kitchens in mobile homes?

  43. How much is a used mobile home worth?

  44. What would cause half of a double-wide mobile home to lose electric power?

  45. Can I convert a shipping container into a HUD-code manufactured/mobile home?

  46. How do HUD-code mobile/manufactured home standards compare to the IRC building code for site-built homes?

  47. Can you do a mobile home inspection with no electric power or water?

  48. Where do I find the VIN/serial number on a very old (pre-1976) mobile home?

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