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purchasing a manufactured home. People often ask how often, if at all, do they need to re-level their home

Another aspect of the home is whether or not it is sufficiently anchored or tied-down. Most of the recommendations on leveling and anchoring are tied to how well the home was installed to begin with.

Leveling: Leveling might need to be done every so Samsung often. The biggest factor in determining how often is what kind of substrate or foundation the home was set on and how well the lot was prepped as far as drainage is concerned. In the past years there was no set of standards on what the home could be set on or state building code that defined a standard. A common practice years ago was to simply roll the home onto a poorly prepped site, throw some concrete blocks under the frame, install skirting, and call it a day. In recent years there has been a total revamping of standards and building codes. Engineers are now stepping in and drawing plans for how the home must be supported. Installers are required to obtain and maintain licenses to perform leveling work. If the home was not set up correctly, which the majority of them were not, leveling the home up to currently standards and codes will be necessary. Homes that are set on dirt or gravel tend to require leveling work to be routinely performed. The level of moisture in the ground prior to the frost, if applicable in your climate, will determine how often as well. More moisture means more movement from frost. Ideally, a properly designed and poured concrete pad is the proper way to support a home, not dirt or gravel. Contact a qualified and licensed mobile home installer to inspect your home and give a recommendation.

Anchoring: Anchoring of a home is the most important aspect to pay attention to. Most homes sitting on lots are not considered to be anchored properly due to radical changes in the standards that were set in the mid 2000’s. There are a lot of homes that pre-date this change. The old way of thinking about anchoring was to protect the homes from the uplifting forces of tornadoes. Data over the last few decades show that the danger lies in horizontal forces coming from in-line winds. Engineers are now designing anchoring systems to not only protect from uplifting forces but simultaneously protecting from horizontal forces. If your home was installed in the mid 2000’s or later, you most likely need your home inspected by a licensed mobile home installer and have an assessment done.