What To Do When Your Manufactured Home’s Water Heater Tank Fails

Since manufactured homes are self-contained by design, their water heaters are often located within a bedroom closet. While this placement is necessary, it is also problematic when there is a tank failure that releases a large amount of water into your home's living space.

Follow this procedure to remove the damaging water from your home and mitigate any further damages that it will cause:

Health Warning: Since the combination of the abundance of water on the floor and an electrical current present in the room can be fatal, you must turn off the power supply first before working in the area.

Work Expediently to Remove the Water

When your main home's water heater drains out onto your bedroom floor, time is of the essence in removing it. To remove the bulk of the water, you can use:

  • a shop vacuum rated for dry and wet use

  • a carpet shampoo machine

  • towels and linens

In addition, paper fibers absorb water better than cotton fibers, so you can also use paper bags and newspaper to help remove the water. To prevent the newspaper's ink from staining your floors, place opened paper bags on the floor first and then top them with sheets of newspaper. The water will wick up through the paper bags and into the absorbent fibers of the newspapers.

Remove the Carpet and Pad from the Bedroom

Once you have removed as much water as possible from your manufactured home's bedroom, then you need to remove the carpet and pad from the room. Soaked carpet and its underlying pad require removal to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

The best way to remove the carpet is to pull it up at a corner. Grasp the fabric of the carpeting at the corner and pull it directly up towards you and off of the tack strip that is holding it down on the floor. Do the same thing to remove the pad under the carpet. Roll the carpet and pad backward and cut them at the edge of the moisture damage using a razor knife. The carpet should be disposed of because it will be susceptible to mold growth and will never smell fresh again.

Open Windows and Use Fans

To remove the excess humidity caused by the water heater's failure, you should open all of the windows and doors in your manufactured home. You should also run any dehumidifiers or fans that you own. This will help to move the humidity out of your home and away from where it can cause additional damage.

Call for Professional Assistance

Finally, if your home's walls or sub-floor show signs of water damage, then you should call for a professional water damage contractor to come to your home and assess the situation.  

To learn more, contact a company like StateWide Mechanical II Inc.