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Mobile homes: a comprehensive guide for water restoration

If you’re a first-time homebuyer or starting off as a renter, you may want to look into first-time home renter tips to make sure you have all the bases covered from the initial requirements you need to submit to the day you’re officially moving in. A mobile home buying guide contains all the essential information you would need to make your move easy and stress-free. That may also include information on how to manage problems like
water damage.

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Design and structure of a mobile home

Mobile homes are manufactured homes that cost less than half of a traditional, on-site built home. The walls of mobile homes are constructed using porous material, which is more affordable yet still highly durable compared to its traditional counterparts.

While small in size, mobile homes offer great value to the renter with their functionalities. Knowing the kind of material your mobile home is constructed with is key to taking care of your home and mitigating water damage when it happens.

Types of water damage

There are three types of water damage and four types of water intrusion, and restoration specialists use that to determine the cost and extent of repairs. This standard was set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC):

The type of water damage depends on water toxicity:

  • Type 1 – Water damage of this kind comes from a relatively safe source, such as your direct water supply.
  • Type 2 – Also called gray water, water damage of this kind is unsanitary and comes from minor ruptures from septic tanks and sewer lines.
  • Type 3 – This kind of water damage is toxic and requires professional intervention. This is caused by floodwater and big sewage leaks, which contain harmful bacteria.

Water intrusion depends on the porosity of the affected material:

  • Type 1 – This is minimal water intrusion on a non-porous material like cement. Cement dries easily and so there may be little to no water damage.
  • Type 2 – This is a medium-level water intrusion on materials with mid-level porosity, therefore causing an extended drying time.
  • Type 3 – This is a high-level water intrusion on porous materials like gypsum boards, medium-density fiberboards (MDF), and oriented strand boards (OSB) which are typical of mobile homes. Being highly porous, these materials soak up plenty of water and will require water extraction and an even longer drying time.
  • Type 4 – The highest level of water intrusion, this means water is trapped under floors and behind walls. This kind of damage will likely require the replacement of floors and walls.

DIY water damage restoration

There are a few DIY procedures you can try in case you see signs of water damage. The first step is pretty much common sense; after calling water damage specialists, you could attempt to get as much of the water out, if you can.

As previously mentioned, some types of water damage can be extreme, but if it seems manageable, drying out the affected area as soon as possible is key. Molds can develop within 24 hours and immediate response is critical to minimize damage, especially if you don’t have any insurance in place.

There are also some types of equipment that you can rent that can help remove water from your mobile home. You can try a water extraction system, which sucks up the water from the home via a tube. An alternative is an air mover, which is basically a high-power industrial floor fan. This can push away water and dry walls and floors faster.

Dehumidifiers, compared to other equipment, are handier and useful to keep at home. Humidity and moisture cause molds to develop quickly, and as such, dehumidifiers are used not just for water damage, but for regular home maintenance as well. Water damage specialists, however, do use a special kind of dehumidifier that can move dry air to moist places, aiding with restoration.

Hiring water damage restoration specialists

Make sure to only work with certified water damage restoration specialists who have been professionally trained to do a full-service job. You may also need to confirm their business license as an added layer of protection. Some contractors might claim to be certified but aren’t. Also, be wary of frauds and scammers who appear at your doorstep hours after a natural disaster.

Flood insurance

When renting, keep in mind to take utmost care of your mobile home, just as you would do with your own home in the future. Water damage restoration is quite expensive and may cost up to thousands of dollars.

More so, flood insurance isn’t available in a standard home insurance and must be applied through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The best prevention for water damage is still making sure you are renting a high-quality mobile home and that you maintain proper upkeep.

Rent a mobile home

Ready to look for a rental home? The team at Sundance Property Management can recommend the best locations and mobile homes available for rent. With almost three decades in the industry, our team can guide you whether you’re renting a house for the first time or looking for an upgrade from the current house you’re renting.

Schedule an appointment with us today. Call 513.489.3363 or email info(at)sdpmi(dotted)com to get started.