Roof Leaking in Mobile Home?

Roof Leaking in Mobile Home - water on wall and wiringMy mobile home roof is leaking water how do I fix it? There is no water on the outside of the roof. Could it be condensation?


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January 29, 20170 found this helpful

The rubber around the vent pipe may be rotting. Check that first.

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January 29, 20171 found this helpful

It is possible that you are suffering a leak, especially if it occurs after rain. According to this site, "It is important to realize that the source of a mobile home roof leak may not be located directly next to wet spots. A hole in the roof, ceiling or floor may actually allow rain or other water and debris to travel a fair distance to the final area where moisture will collect."


But it is also probable you are suffering from a trailer condensation problem. Due to the nature of mobile homes, especially if you lack adequate insulation, condensation can occur. An easy fix for this is to install a dehumidifier, or purchase Damp Rid packets, or twice a day air out the trailer. Also make sure not to use the sort of heater that exacerbate condensation problems in a structure already, due to poor insulation, prone to condensation.

there's actually an old thriftyfun thread that discusses this issue at length:

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January 29, 20170 found this helpful

The leak could be coming form anywhere on the roof. The water can run under and show up on the inside far away from the source and for days after. You will need to reseal the entire roof and flashing.


Also remove and replace any wood or insulation that got wet or you will be getting mold problems.

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

How long have you lived in this home and/or how long has this been a problem? Do you also have condensation (and mold maybe) on your windows or other parts of your home? What is the age of the mobile home?

You do not say what part of the country your mobile home is located or if there has been resent cold weather or snow. Also, the age of the home will be a factor as older homes may not still have proper insulation to stop condensation/moisture from getting into your home.


Whatever is causing this to happen (condensation or leak) should be taken care of as soon as possible as you will soon have mold and this can be very dangerous to your health. You may already have mold in your walls as water marks on your ceiling usually means the moisture is also in your walls.

If you are renting, then you should contact your landlord to fix this problem quickly.

Most likely you are the owner so your next step should be to find someone qualified in mobile home repairs and at least get an estimate of cost of repairs. They may give you some ideas of what it will take to do the repairs and you can decide if you may qualified to do some of it yourself.

Once you think you know what is causing the problem - there are a lot of helpful guides on the internet (especially U-Tube) that will help you fix your home.

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