How to Hook Up Mobile Home Sewage
Connecting mobile homes to utilities, including waste water disposal, can present some challenges. Even the most securely anchored mobile homes incur more movement than conventionally built homes.
These movements can cause failures of the connection between the home's sewer system and the system handling waste water, leading to spilled sewage under the home.
Things You Will Need
- PVC or iron pipe
- Rubber boot
- Hangers or braces
Check the rubber boot and other fittings of the sewer connection at least on an annual basis. Spot any weak connections before they fail and dump raw sewage under the mobile home. Include a removable section of the sewer connection between the mobile home and the sewer system. This allows disconnection if the mobile home is moved and creates a point where the sewer system can be accessed for cleaning with a snake in case of a clog.
Place braces under the sewer connection pipes or hang them from the floor joists of the mobile home. If not braced, the weight of the pipes will place stress on the connections and can cause failures.
Locate the sewage outlet of the mobile home and the waste water pipe of the sewer system. Determine if the pipes are the same size and acquire pipes and fittings to connect the two points.
Install pipe between the two connection points. PVC or iron pipe can be used and installed according to manufacturer’s instructions. If the pipes cover any lateral distance, pipes running parallel to the ground should include a slope toward the sewer system inlet.
Include a flexible or rubber connection in the system. The boot can be an angled or straight-fitting, depending on the need. The ends of the rubber boot fit over the existing pipes and are held in place with hose clamps.
The Drip Cap
- Connecting mobile homes to utilities, including waste water disposal, can present some challenges.
- These movements can cause failures of the connection between the home's sewer system and the system handling waste water, leading to spilled sewage under the home.
- Include a flexible or rubber connection in the system.
Keith Allen, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, has worked at a variety of jobs including computer operator, medical clinic manager, radio talk show host and potato sorter. For over five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter and historic researcher. His works have appeared in regional newspapers in North Dakota and in "North Dakota Horizons" and "Cowboys and Indians" magazines.