A foundation is generally what your mobile or manufactured home will sit upon and is in most cases the slabs or runners, the piers or the block used to hold up the home. It normally involves some proper anchoring so as to hold the home in place permanently until such a time when you want to relocate.
There are basically four types of foundations a mobile can have, this include a footer foundation, a runner foundation, a pad or slab and a basement. It is worth noting that the placement of piers is critical as it allows for the correct distribution of weight and subsequent leveling of the same.
It is important to know most, if not all the common signs worth looking out for in the foundation of your mobile home so as to avert costly damage. This is very important because the cost of solving such a problem early can be quite minimal when compared against what the resources you will expend if the problem goes on unnoticed. If you realize that your floor is all of a sudden quite uneven and sloping on one side then you need to check the foundation, you will notice some separation between the wall and the floor in such an instance.
You may also notice some cracked or displaced moldings and some bowing or cracks in your walls. The windows and doors in your home will also not close or open properly as before and depending on the material used for the flooring, you may start to notice unexplained cracks in the floor tiles or floor. Your windows and doors in the house will also start to separate. Also depending on the material used for the walls, you may start noticing some cracks and bowing of the wall due to lack of stability at the ground level. Another scary sign which many mobile homeowners do report is the separation of walls from the house and the drastic increase in the spaces between the ceiling and the wall or floor. Even though it is quite unlikely that you will experience all these signs at once, chances are that if you have a foundation problem, at least one or two of the above signs will manifest. Here are some mobile home foundation repair options worth looking out for;
If your home has a slab or concrete as the foundation, it is likely that the foundation may develop what is known as a hairline crack. It is important to constantly give your foundation a physical look so as to take note of such cracks. If noticed early, you can clean out such a crack and then fill it with epoxy glue or any other material that’s made specifically for such slab crack repair work. Install injection ports into the crack to make it easy for the epoxy glue to seep into the crack and seal it. Consult the home repair shop near you about the available alternatives which can be used in place of the epoxy glue.
Before you put in foundation for your home, it is important that you get to determine the load bearing capacity of the soil so as to get a stable foundation. If unfortunately the building contractor did not compact the soil accordingly so as to stabilize it, the soil may start to slope in one direction. This is bound to cause some serious structural damage to your home. To solve such a foundation problem, it is highly recommended that you undertake what is called slab jacking. This basically means floating back the foundation to its original position by raising the slanting side of slab. This is usually done by drilling holes into the slab and then pumping in a special chemical which turns into polyurethane foam, a waterproof foam that expands and lifts the slab back into the original position.
Another effective but more complicated method of repairing your foundation is by using piers. This does require that the ground surrounding the affected area be excavated and piers placed at strategic points underneath the foundation. The mobile home will then be hydraulically lifted into the preferred position before locking it into place. Some special hydraulic cement is then injected into the shaft of the pier to further strengthen it, some grout is also injected underneath the piers to provide some additional strength and stabilize the soil. Once all this is done, the previously excavated earth is then filled back and thoroughly compacted against the foundation to ensure that maximum stability is attained as desired.