As a manufactured home owner, you may at times find that some sudden cracks have appeared in the walls or the doors and windows just don’t fit right as before. In a mobile home, this usually implies that the I-beam that’s been used to support the foundation is not level and therefore needs to be leveled. There are several factors which make this happen. First and foremost, there may be some underground roots which may have rotted overtime and caused the settled soil to move or shift. There may also be other environmental problems or factors such as flooding which may also be the cause of such a problem. Here are some more manufactured home leveling tips.
Once the problem has been noted, it is advisable to plan for leveling of the foundation as soon as realistically possible. This is because continued use of the house while in this state is not only risky to the overall well being of the entire structure of the mobile home but can also be termed as a safety risk to the inhabitants of the mobile home as well as the surrounding. Repairing your home immediately after realizing the problem would therefore also ensure that it lasts longer.
Even though some people may opt to do this job on their own, it is important to mention that even though it is possible to handle this job on your own; it may be difficult to complete without professional help. This is because apart from experience required in checking out the beams, there is also some specialized machinery which is required and unique techniques which must be deployed. In this regard, it is highly recommended that you engage the services of a professional who will be able to handle this job and assure you that your home is stable and sturdy.
When looking for well qualified company, the best place to start your search is with the company that sold you the mobile home. Generally, many mobile home dealers will have details of well qualified technicians or businesses which may be of help. Alternatively, if you live in a mobile home park, then you can ask from your neighbors who they have used and ask for a recommendation from them. You can also search online for leveling companies. If you are doing a search online then be extra vigilant since most companies online tend to exaggerate their technical prowess in whatever it is that they do handle. To be on the safe side, check their recommendations, complaints, verification and reviews. As a rule of thumb, steer clear of businesses which are without negative criticisms as this is a sign that the comments and reviews listed may have been doctored.
When you invite companies to quote, desist from simply going with the one who quoted the least. If the company that’s quoted the least doesn’t have a very strong online presence, lacks proper reviews as well as experience then you should not engage their services as chances are that the company will fail you when you need them the most. Ask the prospective company as many questions as possible; ask about their level of experience as well as the number of projects they have handled in the past as well as referees who can attest to this.
To permanently protect your home against moisture emanating from the ground beneath, it is highly recommended that you use a large plastic sheet to cover the ground. The sheet cover does form a heavy barrier which keeps away most if not all the humidity and moisture. This will ensure that soil is not disturbed and no moisture is allowed to interfere with the foundation of the mobile home.
If you are working underneath your mobile home, it is advisable to notify your neighbors and family members that you are underneath your home just in case some equipment such as you jack fails and you need some urgent assistance. When using the large mobile home jack as is usually the case, it is important to ensure that it is securely and properly centered and balanced before you start to jack up your home.
In conclusion, always make a point of working or have people work underneath your mobile home when the soil is compact and dry. Working with loose soil may cause the equipments to slip; this can cause serious injuries to those involved.
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