I have replaced the roof and the problem still exists. Paul The more details they provide the better I can answer their question. Paul I would check to make sure the old flooring didn’t just crumble. If cost is not an issue, the extra strength of the plywood makes a REALLY solid floor. So, the happy splashing could be the problem. Subfloors are an important subject in the mobile home world. That is a really hard question to answer because the “right” answer depends on so many things which are unique to you and your situation. I am tired of chasing this but i know it is not good for home to continue like this and also i would love to install flooring like i had planned to do in the beginning. The front end (living & kitchen(without water service to it by the way) has developed soft spots. I would be planning to use 3/4″ outdoor grade plywood for your new floors. Its more expensive but it always seemed to me that materials costs were a small percentage of the total project cost. There are several problems that can cause a sagging or sloping floor, which is one of the reasons why fixing a sloping floor is difficult. Many repairs are attempted by cutting out the damaged particle board and fitting in a new piece. Home Depot have cabinets….the wood seems to be a bit too heavy to be supported by mobile home walls??? The floor is not level or square, built in the 70's. Most every home with particle board subflooring will need to have their subfloors replaced eventually. Hi Mary, Your home needs even support across the entire foundation, and uneven spacing of support pillars overloads the floor joists, causing them to bend and sag. I had good luck using drywall compound to fill in the grooves and seams in the old paneling and then spraying texture on it. I am unsure how these vertical metal siding sections connect to each other side by side. I am looking at buying a 1978 14×70 MH that has some significant soft spots in the kitchen and hallway(I would say 3′x6′ each) that were caused from a improperly installed dishwasher line and a bathroom problem respectively. would plywood do the job??? Foundation issues, deteriorating wood supports (especially sills, which rest on the foundation footer), improperly installed joists or sub-floors, and other issues can all cause a floor to slope or sag. i need to repair the sub floor of my 1997 doublewide i want to just go over the entire floor but can i do that in the kitchen ? I’m going to do tile there. Heather i had a drain line burst under my home about a month ago, though no water touched the insulation or floor boards, as the line runs along the ground. It also forces the pace of the work because the room(s) is unusable until the repair is done. I never plan to move, unless I win a lot more than flooring. Paul, Tammy Sawyers Anything that drips water onto the floor can cause it. Maybe? The result of the process of consolidation is soil settlement". My problems are in the Living room, Dining room ( on the other side of the double ) and bonus room next to the dining room. I purchased the correct size plywood but where it joins existing floor it is lower. One unfortunate…, A sagging countertop has probably been damaged by water. For example, would it hold a piano? Think really hard and pencil out the costs of the renovation you are planning. Would laying 3/4″ plywood over the existing flooring be the most economical way to address this? Someone has replaced the sub floor with various thicknesses of plywood, chipboard, and misc pieces of wood. Replacing Ceramic Tiles – Counter top repair. The people said the daughter went out of town but left the tub running, The ENTIRE floor from the front room to the bathroom in drooped down and very soft. Kellee The contractor told me all I needed to do was to staple the insulation to the floor joists, so we did not replace the belly paper. I’ve noticed the linoleum is peeling away from under the floor jamb that connected the faux-wood linoleum to the walk-in shower seal on the floor. Could you use floor leveler (a concrete product) to fill the depression and bring the surface level? I have seen a circular area of a floor destroyed by a large plant in a clay pot that wasn’t properly waterproofed. How many patches are you looking at in the kitchen area? In the bathroom I would suggest covering all the old with new plywood. It is terribly easy to spend a lot of money and end up with nothing to show for it. It was caused by a drink being spilled on the same spot on the floor every day for years. Just not sure what to do. A relative moved a frig in and out and too much concentrated pressure as on a soft particle board to take it. Can not figure out how to stop this from happening, as underneath seems to be ok and belly Pan is covered. Any help would be great!! (I’m definitely going to get a dehumidifier) Paul, dustie All leaks have been repaired and the dining room completely remodeled (torn up & replaced with plywood). My time and materials costs were no larger and I produced a floor I knew I would never cause problems. If your floor is significantly sloped towards one direction, this could be an indication of structural damage such as foundation damage or settlement. Leaving the water running suggests there was a LOT of anger. I have no idea how anyone could think they would repair the floor from below. However a problem that you can tackle yourself. Paul, Sheryl Please please any suggestions. Subfloor Materials. Is there anything I can do? This type of condition is also oftentimes accompani… I’m in the middle of repairing plywood floors in my mobile home. I tried to use quarter round or a threshold board to make the transition from the lower to higher floor level trip free. We have had all ac ducting replaced, have put plastic put underneath, added another return air installed made sure the belly has no opening. Paul Paul, Modern carpet is designed to be stretched 1 to 1.5%. Cheap and I didn’t have to worry about weight. I have plywood floors in kitchen an bath the floors are swelling up please help Many times mobile home owners will ask us to simply cut out soft spots in the mobile home floor and replace them with the new plywood instead of redoing the entire floor. Not everyone agrees with me. If the skirting panels are what I think they might be, look in your yellow pages for aluminum siding manufacturers. Thanks Loretta. BURTON Paul The wet spot seems to expand after it rains. Paul I have about 450 sq ft of flooring with soft spots, so I may as well get it all done at once. The floor has no water damage that I can tell after tearing up the vinyl. The area under the floor grate is sealed up. I was continually amazed at the shoddy materials contractors would use to save a few cents per square foot. Unlike renovating a site built house, a renovated 1980 mobile home will always be an “old trailer”. Paul Many people just paint it white, which works, but always looks like panel painted white. Frequently the bid(s) may leave out something you assume is included. The only downside I could see is that the extra height may make a tripping hazard where new and old floors come together. If … Covering your floor. Assuming you are CERTAIN the leask is fixed I nver thought it was worth the work and effort of taking up the old floor. The drink is no longer being spilled, so therefore the problem is fixed, however we have noticed that the original soft spot has gotten larger, extending past the wood that is covering it. Paul I have appreciated your commentary on fixing soft mobile home floors. It is about an 8 Ft by 10 ft area just outside the bathroom. Am I correct in thinking you cut out the bad areas and are fitting the new plywood into the opening? Can you get someone to crawl under the house and look for wet spots in that area? Brian, I live in southern Calif. east county of San Diego, my sq footage is approx 1140. If these are the originals in a 1979 I doubt they will survive removal and re-installation Of course cutting pieces to fit around the old ones won’t be easy either. If the area is soft, but not completely broken through, you may be able to “fix” it by sliding a sheet of metal under the carpet. Nancy Your mobile home subfloor may be made out of: Where the floors come together from each half…they are not together all the way. I would point out that particle board is not wood. This process is called preconsolidation. Sloping floors are most often caused by normal and acceptable deflection (bend) in the wood joists which comprise the floor structure. Thanks a lot for the advice, I’m not too concerned about the cabinets in the kitchen because I will be replacing them so I will definitely be taking them out when I lay my floor. In addition, I didn’t think the 3/4″ height increase from doing it that way was a problem. It’s now really soft. It's actually a very simple process. Subfloors are an important subject in the mobile home world. There is an old joke that says “The first three letters of the word contractor are…” If you get bids, make sure they are bidding the same specifications. Fix any leaks I could never see that removing old flooring was worth the cost/effort. is 1/2 inch plywood thick enough to place over original floors in a mobile home? I did replace under refrigerator and by front door by cutting out and piecing in some 1 3/8″ plywood. I have a double wide 1997 28×80. I doubt I would need the tar paper over the linoleum (?) Monette My husband tore up some of the floor and had to take off siding to get to the water damage in the walls and the joist on the floor are rotten too we are having a hard time trying to figure out how to re place it all!!!!! What do you think? we are looking at doing some repairs to our mobile home. The wood paneling used in older homes can probably be replaced with a closely matching panel but since it makes the homes so dark inside getting rid of it or covering it up is a frequent renovation activity. (see why the “right” answer is hard to find That shouldn’t be your floor, Lester If the edge of the tile is loose you may be able to pry it up by…, When cabinet doors in a mobile home stick the cure depends on the cause. Old abandoned Realtor signs for example. Over the last 50 years, the flooring material in factory built homes has changed from … It gets rid of any bouncy/springy feel. Most don’t and I answer the same questions over and over. The subfloor in my MH kitchen is buckling in several spots. Ripping out old flooring, cleaning up the joists and along the walls, fitting new flooring, & making sure it is properly supported is hard work & best done with power tools by people with experience. ... with a ridge from one side of the home to the other as mentioned the first thing to do is have a qualified expert mobile home contractor check and relevel the home if needed. Is the water heater close to the problem area? Bill Steinmetz Cut the Sub-Floor Out Around the Perimeter of the Room. Unlike a conventional home which has a foundation, most mobile homes depend on blocks or piers for support. There is a soft spot about the same size as the one in the living room. A few years ago, I replaced the insulation underneath my mobile home. I currently live in a mobile home, the floors have multiple soft spots and I am wanting to replace the entire floor. Any comments are welcome. And there isn’t a breeze blowing like that underneath. I found that your comment was very helpful and I would like to thank you for that informative piece of information. Courtney As far as the toe kick, what if you get a piece of 3/4″ plywood and lay it on the floor to see if the added height will be a problem? Paul Removing the old flooring and cleaning the joists and other prep work takes a LOT of time. If we don’t have a leak, that might fix things, along with a resealing and maybe new flooring. an very noticeable moisture on the floor. So if I was replacing a vinyl floor in a carpeted home the extra height was not a problem.V I know we have a leak because my water meter doesn’t stop. In most cases, leveling a mobile home takes 2 people or professionals trained in this type of leveling; however, if you are secure that you can do this yourself, make sure to take all the necessary safety precautions when underneath your mobile home. 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