You may be familiar with the plumbing in traditional Portland houses, but mobile home plumbing is different. Specific standards govern mobile home plumbing. In Oregon, homes with wheels have a separate set of regulations.
In addition, because trailer residences are valued for their affordability, the types of materials used in this type of housing differs from those used in traditional-style homes.
Perhaps you’re interested in moving into a mobile home. Or, maybe you’re thinking of building a tiny house on your Portland-area property. In both cases, it’s important to have an understanding of mobile-home plumbing. Mobile homes and tiny houses have water heaters, toilets and showers, but many times the fixtures are much smaller.
The Mobile Difference(s)
You can see the following differences in mobile home plumbing as opposed to plumbing in traditional spaces. In most cases, these differences are need-based due to the size, shape, and affordability of these smaller homes.
Materials: Pipes approved for use in mobile homes during the 1960s through the 1980s were often those that did not meet the standards for larger, more established structures.
While copper is and has been the pipe material of choice for most modern Portland homes, plastic pipes are often found in older mobile domiciles. These pipes are prone to leaks, causing plumbing issues for the residents. Modern mobile homes conquer this issue with the use of PEX tubing, which often lasts longer than copper pipes.
Pipe Location: Because mobile homes are structured differently than traditional homes, it should come as no surprise that the location of pipes is also different. Water line pipes in mobile homes often rise up from the floor and work in the same way as those that originate in the wall in traditional homes. Both types operate in the same manner and are equally efficient.
Because pipe location in mobile homes differs from what exists in traditional homes, it is important to keep in mind where yours are located when changing plumbing fixtures. For example, there must be enough space in sink cabinets for water pipes to fit. In addition, you may need to use straight stop valves instead of angle stop valves when connecting your water lines, to maximize space.
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If you are working on the plumbing in your mobile home or simply want to understand how conventional plumbing adapts to a smaller space, we hope the above tips are helpful.
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