How to Estimate Mobile Home Water Damage

Checking the damage caused to a mobile home, two toilet supply lines busted. Phil is checking this for the homeowner and acting as the go between with the insurance company. This is their vacation home.

The owner actually fell through the floor. You want to be careful and walk on the floor joist. They should hold. Sorry about the camera. Clay’s trying to stay ahead and not fall through the floor.

We already replaced some of the floor before the flood. The plywood subfloor stood up to the water, but they will need to do to flooring. The rest of the repairs have to wait until we can get the insurance company to come up on their numbers.

They head under the house to check how much damage to the underside of the floors.

Don’t forget to include labor, any travel time for materials, especially when over an hour from a big supply store. A big part of having and running a repair business like this is material costs, shortages and keeping all that in mind when you bid the job.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 Checking Mobile home for water damage
01:22 And somebody fell through the floor, be careful
01:30 He’s walking on the floor joists
02:00 Checking the kitchen
02:15 And to the other end that leaked too
03:00 We already replaced some of the floor before the flood.
03:45 Why you want plywood for your subfloor.
03:55 Why we had replaced the bedroom floor.
04:20 Example of how particle board will wick up and swell once it’s wet
05:50 Found a way under the mobile home
06:30 Checking water stains under and how far the water went.
06:50 Talking about double-wide vs single-wide trailers
07:40 Looks like all the floor has been wet. Need light to check the rest of the underbelly
07:57 Measuring done-square footage and figured the labor and travel time
08:30 Want to figure floor covering, usually need to replace it all, or won’t match
08:45 Don’t forget any underpinning damage
09:00 Material costs, shortages, and keeping up with it is all part of running a repair business
09:33 Be an American not an American’t

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Hi, it’s good to see you. We’re fixing to look into a report that the floors are damaged because of two toilet lines at the same time. Supply lines breaking, what I told her was that sounds like water pressure went way up and they’ll have a pressure regulator that’s working anymore. This house has been here since the seventies as a vacation home, and they live. four or five hours away, I think. Wichita, Kansas, long ways.

And so, we’re going to see what kind of damage we can see there is what we have to do to get it for livable again. She said she came in and fell through so let’s see. Yeah, there’s evidence that somebody fell through.

So, all this area is already deteriorated. Yeah, all this is bad, swelled up already. It’s trying to go through. But we really won’t be able to know. How much damage, unless we can go underneath because this is all covered up so well, the water probably went over the top of this, maybe.

But it wasn’t just this end it was the other end too. So, kind of soft right there. I need to go underneath this house. Really soft right here. And then evidently, they’ve got marks over there where they went to.

So why is there no marks in here?

Because. We replaced the floor in here, but not in there. No, we didn’t replace the plywood in there. All this floor will have to come up. And this is why you don’t do that type of floor. If you notice what we have out here.

Is a different type of plywood and it survived better? But if you look over there? Is soaked up the wall. The reason we replaced this floor is because it was so weak that when they got on the bed and the bed legs went through the floor. So, we just replaced the floor, and it wasn’t caused by water damage. And. You see how I went across the floor and got over on this floor. And then wicked up here now, this is bowed up all the way up.

So, that will give you an idea of how the particle board will wick up a long ways. There’s probably a lot of water in here. You see water stains against the paneling. Like, right here, and over there. So.

What’s that? Just a little closet?

Well, they’re just they’ve pulled some tiles off the roof of the floors, the particleboard on the floor.

We’re going to need to go underneath. Looks like the…

I don’t think we particularly came with stuff to go underneath the house.

You can tell if the particle board like this area here is pretty weak.

I think, just by walking on it you can tell.

Yeah, this is weak right here, too. Old as this house is I bet there’s no under no insulation, no nothing. Well, let’s see if we can figure out how to get underneath this house.

Here. Here you go.

Probably have to have light. So, we’ll have to, the water’s been all the way there, that’s the bathroom, I think, no it was past the bathroom. The living room. Looking at the stains on the black board and how swell up it is.

But it’s a semi brick wall. Halfway through. There’s a cinder block wall right there, behind you.

It’s a single-wide and put-up block for skirting. It’s like…

Why does a double-wide feel like it has triple the size of this?

It is double the size. This is a little 12-wide.

But it’s called double-wide?

It is, there’s 2 16 footers. Or two to 14.

Right, but a single-wide feels like it should be… A double-wide should only be double.

Well, two of these single-wides would be 24 feet to those 15 feet per side is 30 foot. So, this is actually six feet longer. So that’s why it’s…

So, you actually get more for a double-wide.

Yeah, quite a bit. So, I’m not going to be able to tear down. It really was. Yeah, all of this floor has been wet. Need to get me a light. But we’ll get a headlamp or two, I guess we’re going to have to get back with you guys.

Well, we’ve done all the measuring and I’ll sit down and figure out square footage is what labor to go get the materials, to put the materials in this is a long way from any sizable. It’s like an hour and a half from any sizable Lowe’s or Home Depot or Meakes or things like that. There’s smaller ones like in Eureka and outside. It’s a long ways. See anything. There’s nothing in this direct area.

So, we measured all of the floors, how much we got to replace and then how much floor covering, sometimes the floor covering. If you get halfway into the room, you’re not going to be able to match that floor covering anymore. So, you’re going to go, you’re going to replace all their floor covering in the whole room.

Not maybe all of the floor, but all the floor covering. one of the things you forget about is the underpinning. It gets damages. So, you have to fix whatever underpinning. You have to figure that out. All that requires thinking about and then doing the constant changes of material costs and shortages and things like that are a part of what somebody like me does. And it’s sometimes a gamble. That’s why on your taxes says everything’s at risk. So, we’ll sit down and go through all this when I get home. Hopefully I don’t pass out as I’m sitting on the couch and then I’ll send her the estimate so she can turn into her insurance and then we go from there. See you guys.

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