Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Repair Mobile Home Leaking Sewage Pipes Clamps

Fig.1 The main access
By Gary Boutin

Parts and Supplies:  
Flat-tipped screwdriver

Mr. George Lue lives in a beautiful mobile home park in Fontana, California. His home is a permanent structures in this park. He has called me for estimates in the past but this time he needed my repair service to address a major leak in the sewage system outside his home. He had received a repair ticket by the park administrator to have the sewage leakage repaired immediately. This post address this problem. 

This post shows six steps on troubleshooting and repairing a leaking sewage pipe in a permanent mobile home. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows all the electrical and the sewage pipes in one area. A service technician at the mobile park informed George that his sewage pipes underneath his mobile home were loose was dripping with sewage.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the separation of pipes until the sewage main pipe was freed. The metal pipe on the left side is the electrical for the mobile home. This pipe has a waterproofed exterior casing that protects the electrical wires feeding the mobile home electric power. Notice below the two large stainless steel bands this is the only way to secure the main sewage from draining. 
Fig.2 Sewage by electric pipe
Step 3: The hard part of this job was to go underneath the mobile home and check each sewage lines. Mobile home are not sealed and have rodents and spiders all around the bottom of the floor. All the lines underneath the mobile home were sealed and not dripping with sewage. There was no puddles underneath the mobile home floor. The problem seemed that the two stainless steel clamps were loose and needed tightening.
Step 4: Fig.3 shows pictures shows the snake pipe entry. If the sewage was clogged this would be the access pipe to place a plumber's snake. Regular home have them too, but they are usually 1-1/2 wide and are near bathroom, and sinks. This snake access pipe is a 4-inch drain line and it's for a permanent mobile home.
Fig.3 Top of snake pipe
Step 5: Fig.4 shows the main sewage pipe. Tightened each stainless steel pipe clamps with a flat head screwdriver or a hex-head socket wrench. Once this was done, each toilet and each sink were filled with water and then all the drains were emptied at once, and no leak developed. 
Fig.4 Stainless steel clamps
Step 6: Fig.5 shows the main electrical panel, the water spigot and the sewage drain. Now everything is fine.
Fig.5 The main panel

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1 comment:

  1. Well done, Gary, well done. Although it was a simple fix...crawling under the mobile home to check for leaks...very impressive.