Almost all manufactured homes or trailer homes I’ve inspected, had the same defect.
We all know that moisture will damage or destroy building materials and create all kinds of problems.
A good home should be built with materials and techniques that minimize or eliminate moisture problems. It is very critical to have a good working moisture barrier on the subfloor; especially if it’s built over a dirt floor or a bad installed ground moisture barrier, which is most likely the case.
Manufactured homes have a factory installed moisture barrier on the floor. It’s the black plastic you see.
If you have a double wide, the seam at the moisture barrier is usually taped; as well as all damages and openings. Unfortunately, this is quite often overlooked, or the tape fails. The result is, your floor insulation hangs down and this area is not insulated anymore. Insects have access to the floor area and the interior of the modular home, and of course moisture.
Defects like this are going unnoticed for a long time, because nobody really wants to go in a crawlspace. This is why you need a good home inspector, who’s not afraid to enter, inspect and report defects. This is what we do!
A home inspection, or a limited inspection, should be arranged before you sign for a new construction, before you buy or even list a home, or after major repairs. There are no excuses, your money – your choice.
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Hi - this is Werner with Home Inspection Tennessee