One of our first mobile home investments had terrible plumbing issues. It was a nightmare for us to try to fix and so we don’t want that to happen to you.
In this blog we want to give you our four top tips that will help you out with any type of mobile home inspections you’re about to do with regards to the plumbing.
Plumbing Tip #1 Utility Bills
Ask the seller for a copy of their utility bill. You want to know if the past 3 months of the water bill are on the lower end – below $60 a month? Or are they skyrocketing to $100, $200 or $300 per month?
If they are, this is a red flag and you’re going to need to check on that plumbing. There’s some type of plumbing issue going on. Go ahead and check the utility bill first. It’ll save you a lot of time.
Plumbing Tip #2 Piping
Underneath the mobile homes is where they have all of the pipes. A lot of times, if the home’s not ground set, you can peek under there and you can see what the piping is looking like.
You just want to make sure you don’t see any loose pipes, any missing pipes, any big leaks underneath the home, or around the home. Because obviously that’s going to drain the water bill and it’s going to be a problem when you have to repair it.
So make sure you’re checking the pipes underneath the home.
Plumbing Tip #3 Faucets and toilets
Make sure you’re going inside of all the bathrooms, going inside the kitchen, and turning the water on. Make sure it has an adequate flow of water. If it doesn’t, there’s an issue going on that needs to be addressed. And you want to make sure that there’s hot, as well as cold, water coming out of the kitchen and bathroom sink.
Don’t be afraid to flush the toilet. Let it flush and see if there are any types of leaks going on. Does it continue to drain after you flush it?
Make sure you do your due diligence and do all of these things the proper way because it’ll save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Plumbing Tip #4 Appliances
Check all of the appliances, specifically the washer and dryer. A lot of times there’s water damage.
If there is a leak near that washer and dryer because they’re still running them, you want to make sure you look behind. If you can, pull them out a little bit while they’re connected. Make sure that there’s no leaks or signs of water damage behind the washer and dryer. Also check the dishwasher. That’s another one where there’s always signs of water damage if there’s some plumbing issues.
Don’t be afraid to turn them on. Remember, you’re buying the house and the seller needs to sell the house. So do your due diligence, protect your time and protect your wallet.
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