I’ve decided that “mobile” home refers not only to the fact that the house is on wheels and can be moved, but also to the way it endlessly moves after it’s put in place! It shudders and sways in strong winds and I can clearly see how tornados could pluck a mobile home up and send it spinning end over end. Those sorts of winds are reasonably rare so while alarming at the time – especially if they come in the wee hours of the night- they are not a day to day concern.
What is a day to day concern is the way the house, perched on its concrete block pillars, settles, sinking first on one side, then on an opposite corner, then on the other side. This shifting creates cracks in the drywall, causes doors to refuse to latch, and floor boards to separate. Leaks appear around window edges on one side of the house during rainstorms and the windows on the other side are stuck shut. It’s like residing inside a living creature that isn’t any too keen on playing host.
The most recent victim of the current settling seems to be the plumbing. The valve inside the toilet no longer sits flat so it doesn’t produce a seal. This is not the minor inconvenience it might seem to be as we discovered when the entire amount of water stored in the cistern cycled into the house, through the running toilet and out to the septic system one day when we were away from home! We had at least 200 gallons stored in the morning, by evening the pipes were dry.
Turning on and off the water to the toilet is just one more of the many ‘eccentricities’ to our living situation. It’s a real struggle to feel at home in this house.