We’ve been called out to clean up a rental property and repair all the water damage from the ceiling and various other leaks throughout the trailer.
It’s a bit of a mess. We have seen worse. This is a good example of what unattended water damage can cause. This is also after we have hauled off 3 trailer loads of trash.
00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 We’re starting with the damage in the hallway
00:45 How far water can wick back on particle board
00:55 Your windows can leak here. These didn’t because of the type of siding
01:16 Another frequent problem you can find under the A/C units
02:25 You have to clean your filters and make sure at least yearly the drain is clear
02:50 You might check the drain two or three times a year if you run the unit all the time
03:06 Your bathroom can overflow, particularly if the trailer isn’t level
03:30 Another problem here is they overlay the floor in the bathroom
03:50 We’re here to make things better. First thing is to fix the hallway floor
04:00 Show you why this mobile home isn’t having problems with the windows leaking
04:41 Where you want to seal the windows
05:10 Looking at the other room, we need to work on
05:30 The floor has been overlay, which we never do even if the customer asks us too
05:45 The floor is still sinking through because of a roof leak
06:33 Be an American, not an American’t
Hi, I’m Phil Bridges, owner of Straight Arrow Repair. Ever want to know how a repairman fixes things? Well come with me, and I’ll show you how I solve problems. Let’s make things better together.
Oh, so you’re along with this ride huh? The hallway has a lot of issues. And like this one here is the doorway right here, the top of the door, leaks and runs down the metal. When he goes to the hardy, or the particle board and it runs back here. And that’s what this is. This is how far I can whick back from all the way over here.
So I’ve been told people for years that three foot it can whick back that particle board can. Now, a lot of times your windows will cause grief. But this particular house has a different kind of a I’ll show you that siding. And it doesn’t really allow the windows to get much water at the top of them. That saves you from having issues down below the windows.
Now, this is a bad spot, but what it is, is the filters were not changed regularly. And they literally fixed it where they couldn’t change the filter because you would normally there’s, there’s a place down here where you had to have a screw, screw gun or screwdriver. Theoretically, you could slide a filter there, but you’ll find that your filter was supposed to be here the grate is gone.
There’s supposed to be a filter right here. This is a filter grille and it’s gone. And then they put this metal over it. If you look in here, all that is clogged up, and can you get that, when you look down in here, this area here gets clogged up and then the water runs over, runs down here. And then that’s what happens.
It’ll do in your bathroom. It’ll do it in that room, which everywhere the water runs off, ruins the floor like you see right here, all because you’re not cleaning this and making sure this drain right here. This drain right here has to stay clear. Every year you had to take this drain and clean it out. At least once a year.
So it’ll drain, but otherwise going to overflow, ruin your floor. I don’t care if you have regular plywood, it will last longer with regular plywood, but particle board, it won’t last no time at all. So you got to change your filters, about once a month and clear out your, your drain line, make sure that water is constantly draining two or three times during particularly during the air conditioning periods.
Some people run air conditioner all year, but I don’t so those are things you need to keep in mind. Also, what can happen in a situation like this since this house is not level the bathroom can overflow and come down the tile over here. So if somebody overflowed the bathtub or the sink which is to be where the kids have the smaller bathroom, it would overflow and go into this.
And if you notice, they overlayed the floor. It’s kind of hard to tell, but even though they overlaid it, it’s still a problem.
This all had carpet and rough kids that kicked walls and things like that. We’re here to make it better. So the first thing we’re going to do so the carpet guys can come in and supposedly the guy that wants to rent this thing was going to do some of the doors and everything so he can move in earlier.
We’re going to let him have that opportunity, but we’re going to do this hallway first so that the carpet cleaner can get in here. And that guy, if he wants to, to start moving his stuff in, can have this whole end of the house now I’m going to show you, normally a lot of the windows will cause leaks if you don’t seal them up but this particular house you see that overhang right here it keeps it from getting water in there is bad and it’s sealed up good.
But that’s be. That would be where he’d seal it right here down this edge. I never seal the bottom because that way, if any water gets in there, it goes out. You also want to seal up above there where the metal roof goes over. If you start having leaks in your window areas, but it’s here. But because of that, we don’t have that issue.
So there you go. This one we’re going to do today. And more hopefully I’ll show you the other room, as a matter of fact. So this has been overlayed, which I never do, even if the customer asks me to, I just refuse to do the work. I don’t care how good they are paying. I won’t overlay floors. So there’s a good example, even though they overlayed it, it still sinking through this is because of a roof leak. One of my videos that showed you that so it was it was dripping over here and it overflowed there’ll be plastic up here and it’ll just run across the ceiling until it finds a place to go through so that’s where we’re going to we’re going to replace all this floor that’s been wet. Now, even though it’s been overlayed, it’s still in pretty bad shape.
And that’s what we’re going to do. Hallway first. Oh, we got to fix this corner. This corner is bad. And I think the closet is bad.
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