• James Adkins

Basics of Mobile Home Water Lines

Updated: Jan 20

Have you ever wondered how water gets into your mobile home? How to connect a septic tank to a mobile home? If you live in a mobile home park in southern California then you most likely wont have too big of an issue with this. Have you ever thought to check on your pipes and see what they are made out of and how the system itself works? No, well you probably should since water pipes are some of the biggest problems in mobile homes. But what if you don’t know anything about pipes? Well, that’s where we come in because today we are going to go over the basics of water lines in mobile homes.

To start off mobile home plumbing is broken down into three parts; the supply line, the drainage line, and the vent lines. If one of these three parts happens to be broken or not working your whole system will start to malfunction and cause problems. The supply line is the line where the water gets pumped in from the source. This is the water that will fill up your bathtub, the water that comes out your sink faucet, and the water that you’ll use to flush the toilet with. This line only goes in one direction so it only pushes water in, but this is where the drainage line comes in. The drainage line is there so all the water coming in from the supply line is being pumped out of your home. This can be also known as the waste line since it’ll also be carrying the bathroom waste and kitchen waste out with it. Both these lines are connected to central places that you pay to have access to and use on a monthly basis. Finally comes the vent line which is the most important of the three lines. This line establishes the right air pressure so that the water can be pumped in and drained out. Without this line, your whole system would be useless and the water and waste wouldn’t go anywhere.

These lines are so crucial so you have to make sure that you use the right material to use them the way they are meant to be. Most homes either have copper lines or PEX lines that are either ⅜ of an inch thick or one inch thick. Copper is known as the old way of transferring water in and out of a home while PEX is the more modern alternative for homes which is also more cost-effective. For now copper is the most seen type of piping since it is very tolerant of things like corrosion and also it is able to carry very hot water without a problem. Currently, people are starting to make the transition to PEX which is making a mark in not only the mobile home world but most forms of housing. PEX is a plastic that has found its place in the world after being deemed not useful in earlier years. This plastic is capable of carrying extremely hot water without fault and is not corrosive to most water waste. This is also a cheaper option when compared to copper which is more of an expense.

Now that you know a bit more about the system and what the pipes are made out of you can look out for the problems that may arise from bad piping. First of all, you need to be wary of freezing pipes. When pipes freeze they will expand within the pipe and burst the pipe causing water to not get to the home but also pool by your house. Having open water unregulated by your house like that can promote pest problems and other issues. Also clogged pipes are another problem for pipes which can cause leaks in the system promoting water pooling and low water pressure.

Now that you know a bit more about the pipes that run in your house routine checks on your pipes aren’t a bad idea. You can spot problems early and get them taken care of by a professional or yourself and not deal with the problems they cause.

Waterlines are tricky like working with electricity and can be hard to navigate without help. So if you need help understanding, reach out to your mobile home property management companies to see what they can recommend for you! If you’re looking to rent or purchase a mobile home, then Sierra Management can help take care of all mobile home space rent and rental questions.


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