Problems With Manufactured Homes
Manufactured homes have many of the same problems in their crawl spaces as do stick built homes. These include standing water problems, poor drainage, contaminated or old ineffective insulation in the floor, mold and allergens and rodent infestation. Most manufactured homes do not have a standard crawl space in that very few are built on a foundation. Most are installed above ground and are supported by concrete pier blocks and/or concrete runners and tied down from there. Typically the perimeter of the home is surrounded by a “skirt”. The skirt provides a finished look to the home as well as a deterrent to rodents and other unwanted animals.
Some of the typical problems we see in manufactured home crawl spaces are:
Of all the aforementioned problems, the greatest of these is that the skirting is often times not very effective in keeping rodents and other animals from nesting under their home. Rodents can burrow their way through the factory installed belly wrap (this is usually a fiberboard or 10mil. plastic) and into the insulation and once there can not only contaminate the insulation but can cause very powerful odors. This is especially true if one of them dies in the insulation. Unfortunately I know this from practical experience.
I once had to find one of these nasty critters that had died inside the insulation of the home of an 80 year old woman in Tacoma. There was no odor in the crawl space but one of the most powerful odors in her home I have ever encountered. It was impossible to tell where the rodent was and the homeowner was unable to replace all the insulation in her floor so I had to make small cuts in the belly barrier in each insulation bay and stick my fully gloved hand in until I found the critter. It took until 7:30 that evening but I found it and disposed of it. It took a couple of days for the odor to completely go away.
In addition double wide manufactured homes have a large cross vent duct that carries conditioned air from one side of the home to the other. This can be easily damaged by animals. If the heating vents in your home are stronger one side than the other then chances are your cross vents has been damaged.
The point here is that even if you do a complete restoration of the crawl space under your manufactured home, if the animal access and entry points are not sealed you may have the same problem all over again.
What can you do?
All access points for animals and rodents have to be sealed or
screened. Simply spraying a foam substance in a hole is insufficient.
The rats will eat their way through it no time. If the skirting is loose
and offers many points of access you can either have the skirting
replaced, (not cheap) or line the entire skirting inside the crawl with
a wire screen and attach it to the skirting. This is the most effective
way to deter rodents from reentering your crawl space.
Call (253) 691-9239 or Contact Us for a free consultation about your crawlspace needs.