If you happen to be one of the more than 17 million people in America that live in a mobile home, you likely already know that there are certain things about your home that are different from the usual house. From the absence of a solid foundation to a difference in windows, you can find all kinds of differences in the structure and functional components of these dwellings.
One thing many mobile home owners don't realize is that even the plumbing can be rather different. In order to make proper repairs and perform maintenance, it is best if you know the differences. Here is a look at some of the ways the plumbing in your mobile home can be different from a regular house.
1. Most water lines will be made of some type of plastic.
In a regular house, you may find some water lines made of copper or stainless steel, but in a mobile home, you can almost be willing to bet that the majority of the water lines will be made out of some type of plastic. There are a couple of reasons behind this fact. One, plastic is lighter weight and mobile homes have to be mobile. Two, plastic lines tend to be cheaper, and most mobile home manufacturers do opt for cheaper materials to keep end prices low. Regardless, knowing that you have all plastic lines in your plumbing setup helps you know what to anticipate when you have to make repairs.
2. Water pipes will enter through the floor.
It is rare to find a mobile home that has water lines that run through the walls. Pipes are almost always attached through the floor in these homes because water supplies are usually located beneath the trailer. This can be helpful if you have to replace a line; you will not have to open up a wall to get to a water line to make repairs.
3. There could be a lack of clean-out points to help with a clog.
In a traditional home, especially more modern ones, you will find access points to drainage lines that are specifically in place to help with clean-outs if there is a clog. For example, there may be a clean-out access on a main sewer drainage line. Most mobile home plumbing systems do lack these access points, which can make it a bit harder when you run into issues with a clogged line.