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STRUCTURAL INSPECTIONS & DEFECTS
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AGE of a BUILDING - how to determine
ALGAE, FUNGUS, LICHENS, MOSS
ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION IN buildings
ATTIC CONDENSATION CAUSE & CURE
BATH & KITCHEN DESIGN GUIDE
BEST CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES GUIDE
CAULKS & SEALANTS, EXTERIOR
CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
COLUMNS & POSTS, DEFECTS
CONNECTORS, FASTENERS, TIES
DECK & PORCH CONSTRUCTION
DECK FINISHES COATINGS PRESERVATIVES
DEFINITIONS of ENGINEERED WOOD OSB LVL etc
DRYWELLS, FRENCH DRAINS for FLAT SITES
EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED FOUNDATIONS
EIFS & STUCCO EXTERIORS
EXTERIOR WALL SIDING TRIM & FINISHES
EXTRACTIVE BLEEDING STAINS
FLASHING MEMBRANES PEEL & STICK
FLASHING for METAL ROOFS
FLASHING SIDING DETAILS
FLASHING WALL DETAILS
FLASHING WINDOW DETAILS
FLASHING WOOD ROOF DETAILS
FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SAFETY & CLEANUP
FOOTING & FOUNDATION DRAINS
GALVANIC SCALE & METAL CORROSION
GLUES ADHESIVES, EXTERIOR CONSTRUCTION
GRADING, DRAINAGE & SITE WORK
GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
HOUSEWRAP INSTALLATION DETAILS
HUMIDITY LEVEL TARGET
ROOF ICE DAM LEAKS
INDOOR AIR QUALITY & HOUSE TIGHTNESS
INSECT INFESTATION / DAMAGE
KIT HOMES, Aladdin, Sears, Wards, Others
KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN GUIDE
LEAD POISONING HAZARDS GUIDE
LEED GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION
LIGHTING, EXTERIOR GUIDE
LIGHTING, INTERIOR GUIDE
MOBILE HOMES, DOUBLEWIDES, TRAILERS
MODULAR HOME CONSTRUCTION
MOISTURE CONTROL in BUILDINGS
MOLD DETECTION & INSPECTION GUIDE
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
PAINT & STAIN GUIDE, EXTERIOR
PAINT FALURE, DIAGNOSIS, CURE, PREVENTION
PAINT FAILURE DICTIONARY
PORCHES & Sunrooms
PORCH CONSTRUCTION & SCREENING
RAILINGS, DECK & PORCH
RETAINING WALL DESIGNS, TYPES, DAMAGE
RETAINING WALL GUARD RAILINGS
ROOF COLOR RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF VENTILATION SPECIFICATIONS
ROT RESISTANT LUMBER
SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR
SIDING TYPES, INSTALLATION, DEFECTS
SOUND CONTROL in buildings
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING INTERIORS
STAIRS, RAILINGS, LANDINGS, RAMPS
SURFACE GRADING, SITE DRAINAGE
THERMAL EXPANSION of MATERIALS
TREES & SHRUBS, TRIM OFF BUILDING
TRIM, EXTERIOR CHOICES, INSTALLATION
VAPOR BARRIERS & CONDENSATION in BUILDINGS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
VINYL CHLORIDE HEALTH INFO
VINYL Siding or Window PLASTIC ODORS
VOCs VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
WATER BARRIERS, EXTERIOR BUILDING
WATER ENTRY in buildings
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
How to Inspect Mobile Homes or Manufactured Housing for Exterior Defects in Siding, Windows, Trim, Entry Porches, Steps, Railings: detailed procedures, defect lists, references to standards.
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Door & Window Defects on Caravans, Mobile Homes, Double-wides & Trailers
Watch out: leaks into walls invite rot and insect damage. Check the floor below windows and doors, and inspect this area carefully from the crawl space.
Question: leaky windows and roof defects on 1998 modular home
I have friends that bought a 1998 Modular Home that was set-up as a display model. They bought it in March 1999. It had single-pane aluminum frame windows...and the panes are not even sealed on all edges...and move in the frame.
Likewise the double-hung parts of the windows are not airtight and sweat profusely. When were the double-pane windows mandated to be installed in modular homes ? Also, they have a roof problem. In 2008 in August 23-25 it rained 22 to 24 inches.
Since that time I have noticed that all around the perimeter of the roof...the roof has many places where the decking is sunken in. the shingles do not overhang the required one inch or so...and are right even with the edge of the eave drip flashing.
What I suspect is that the water, curled under the shingles and wicked back under the shingles ad saturated the roof decking. I have looked into one area...and the decking has rotted though and water has been poring into the wall cavity. I saw that the top sill plate is rotted through.
All of the interior of the house has a vinyl wallpaper...and no black mold has come through that I can see. The living and dining rooms don't show any signs of black mold either.
This manufacturer has many complaints and problems from various owners around the US. The manufacturer seems to be ignoring them all. I would like some specifics from anyone to get these problems addressed. Thanks. - Aubrey 1/29/2012
In case your home is actually modular construction, not a mobile home or doublewide, please
Aubrey you should have a professional home inspection performed so that you have a reasonably accurate, complete list of building problems and defects that need to be addressed, and so that you know the priority of repairs. I suggest this because given what you've already seen, it could be a mistake to think that the issues you've seen are all of the problems or even the most important ones. In general the priorities of repair are
Once you have a repair and maintenance plan for your home, you and your attorney can address the question of who is responsible to pay for these repairs.
Let us know the name and model and manufacturer of your home and send along any photographs of problems if you can and we'll be glad to research and comment further.
Question: what types of windows are found on mobile homes?
I have a question not a comment. Hope you can get back to me on this. We are buying a 1974 mobile home. What kind of windows are in that type of home. Are they roll outs or pull up windows? - Linda
You can see some common mobile home window types in this article:
Watch out: At least on older homes these windows are often leaky and may have caused hidden wall and floor damage. Check under the carpet or in the crawl area of your home, especially in floor areas below windows or doors.
Siding Defects, Leaks, Problems on Trailes, Double-wides, Caravans, Mobile Homes
Ver.4.0 - 04/25/07, updated through 2014 by Daniel Friedman & - Steve Vermilye, Hudson Valley ASHI Chapter Seminar, Newburgh NY, January 4, 2000, NY Metro ASHI Fall 99 Seminar, Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, White Plains NY, October 2, 1999.
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