During our many years of surveying park homes and lodges we have encountered numerous faults, but some appear more often than others, such as those listed below:
Rusted Chassis - The images below were taken on an inspection of a mobile home, due to a lack of maintenance and poor siting, rust and corrosion spread on the chassis structure. The chassis is the backbone of a mobile home and should be treated with a rust inhibitor paint to prevent the spread of rust and corrosion.
Poorly Supported Homes - The images below were taken on inspection's of mobile homes, a chassis should be well supported by steel adjustable axle stands, these stands need to be located in specific areas and adjusted to ensure the correct levelling of the home. This will keep the chassis from distorting and minimise internal flooring issues.
Incorrect Windows - Park Homes should have oddleg windows fitted, which have a larger external fascia compared to the internal section, whereas an evenleg window, which is normally used in residential construction, has the same sized internal and external fascia’s creating an even profile. When oddleg windows are used, they create an external lip which ensures the units are correctly sealed to the wall. Where as when evenleg windows are used they can encourage damp and rot also the added weight of residential windows could undermine its structural integrity.
Damp Sections - The image to the left, below, shows a poor patchwork repair caused via incorrect maintenance. When we take damp meter readings we sometimes find high readings indicating high moisture even though there are no issues apparent on the surface. These can be caused by a brick skirt sited too close to the bottom of the home, incorrectly fitted drip rails, poor maintenance, incorrect windows etc. The picture to the right depicts internal damp on a refurbishment we managed, where the damp was hidden from view due to the wall coverings.
oReadings below 12% are common to kiln or oven dried wood and represent extremely dry conditions. Most interior wood is in this range.
oReadings between 12-16% in this range are common to residential substructures (beneath first floor in crawl spaces) and exterior wood.
oReadings between 16 – 20% may require further investigation as there could be a source of excess moisture. The excess moisture source should be corrected if found.
oReadings above 20% indicate that conditions are accompanied by decay damage. Surface mold may develop.
Poor Roof Maintenance - As well as incorrectly fitted and damaged tiles, we will also check the gutters fascias and soffits. The picture below on the left shows a gutter blocked by leaves that actually caused extensive internal damp, hidden by the wall coverings. The picture to the right is the flue to the gas boiler that was taped over!