Common Mobile Home Plumbing Problems - What You Need to Know

You live in a mobile home, you have your own plumbing, and chances are you’ve never had any problems with it, right? Well, that’s actually not always the case. While most mobile homes do have their own plumbing and most people don’t run into many problems with it, some things can go wrong over time and they can sometimes be extremely expensive to fix.

Here are some of the most common mobile home plumbing problems to look out for so you can avoid them or deal with them before they get worse.

Low Water Pressure

When your water pressure is low, it can be hard for you to get a shower or even wash dishes. One of two things is likely happening: either there’s not enough water coming into your home or there’s an issue with what’s called head pressure. In a mobile home, head pressure issues are especially common. If you don’t have enough water coming into your home and you want to fix low water pressure without replacing pipes and fixtures, contact a local plumber immediately so they can figure out what's wrong. 

Leaky Faucets

If your faucet has started leaking, don’t be too quick to replace it. A leaky faucet is a symptom of something else going on within your home and you may need a plumber to figure out what’s really going on before you try and resolve it yourself. Consider getting help from a professional if water is suddenly shooting out of nowhere or your bathroom smells like rotten eggs when you turn on your sink.

One problem that can lead to all sorts of issues with your plumbing system is lead in your pipes, which unfortunately were more common when mobile homes were first manufactured than they are today.

Hot Water Issues

If you’re living in a mobile home, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your hot water. Hot water systems are small and compact, which can often cause them to malfunction. More so, they require regular maintenance, which isn’t always easy if you don’t know what you’re doing (and sometimes even if you do).

In order to avoid being forced into purchasing a new one after damage has been done, it pays to get educated about mobile home plumbing issues. To make sure that your unit works for as long as possible, be sure it is serviced annually by someone with experience repairing small mobile home appliances.

Clogged Up Toilet

Did you know that one of the most common mobile home plumbing problems is clogged up toilets? Did you also know that most homeowners don’t know how to clear a clogged up toilet? They may try pouring cleaning chemicals in it or even trying to plunge it.

Neither are good ideas, and often these methods only make things worse by causing more damage. A better solution is to call in a plumber for assistance, as they have tricks of their trade for quickly clearing up a clogged up toilet. If your toilet seems like it’s taking longer than usual to flush, don’t try plunging it on your own. Call a professional!

Burst Pipes

Mobile homes are typically connected to water and sewer systems. And, like other homes, a problem with either line can cause a leak that causes damage inside your home. But there's an extra issue with mobile homes: their pipes aren't buried in concrete. So when something goes wrong with a mobile home plumbing system, it can lead to damage elsewhere within your trailer—or worse, outside of it.  

If you have a problem with your pipes and you need repairs, talk to professionals about what can be done to fix them correctly. Otherwise, learn how you can prevent burst pipes as well as what steps you need to take if they do burst by reading on!   

The most common mobile home plumbing issues are related to waste lines. They're often made of PVC and easily damaged by improper installation or impact damage from outside forces (like falling trees). These problems don't just present themselves when something goes wrong; they also make it more likely that something will go wrong soon. That's because improper installations mean that joints aren't sealed properly or missing parts are never replaced. In these situations, plumbing will leak slowly over time instead of failing all at once.

Preventing these leaks is critical because water damage isn't cheap; in fact, a single leak could cost thousands of dollars in damages over time if not addressed right away! 

Grease Buildup in Drains

Grease buildup in a drain is another most common problems you'll face if you own a mobile home. Mobile homes tend to age fast, and their pipes can get clogged just as quickly. To unclog a pipe:

1) Flush water down each drain in your mobile home.

2) Pour 3/4 cup of baking soda down each drain.

3) Wait 30 minutes for baking soda to do its thing (baking soda will turn into bubbles which will eat through grease).

4) Pour vinegar down drains after waiting for 30 minutes. 5) Wait 10 minutes, then flush with boiling water.

5) Repeat if necessary.

In some cases, your mobile home's drain may be too clogged to fix by yourself. In that case, you should call a professional plumber or mobile home repair service like Bulldog Rooter immediately.

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