Texas Department of Housing and community affairs Complaint - Doing the consumers injustice

Review by ToterDude on 2010-07-03
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- I want to let everyone in Texas who buys or moves a mobile home to be aware that the the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs has a rule regarding the installation of your home that will jeopordize the level of your new home. They have a law that requires a vapor barrier be installed under your home during installation. This vapor barrier is a plastic sheeting that is layed over the ground under the blocks. This plastic barrier will hold moisture under it and will let your settle and become unlevel over time. This is required because the manufacturers have paid the lobbyist group, Texas Manufactured Housing Association, to get this law passed and enforced by TDHC. The manufacturers are claiming that the moisture from the ground is warping floor joists and floor decking but the real situation is that the manufacturers are using grade 3 and 4 wood in their home construction and this grade of wood is warpind on its own after construction of the home. Let's get real TDHC, look at the real problem and quit letting the lobbyist do an injustice to the consumer.
Comments:4 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-07-07
Posted by Alain on 2010-07-03:
If you're confident about this maybe you'd like to contact KVUE (kvue.com), KXAN (kxan.com), KTBC (myfoxaustin.com), or KEYE (weareaustin.com). They might be interested in pursuing it as a news story.
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-07-03:
the amount of moisture under the vapor barrier is not going to cause settleing. since texas has a lot of clay type soils, settleing can be cause by many other reasons. when i lived in dallas, i had an addition on my house built by a quality bulider, and within a year, it settled and needed a foundation lift.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-07-03:
I seriously doubt if the manufacturers of plastic sheeting have enough power or money to make the Texas legislature pass a law beneficial only to them. Usually, when they come up with something like this, it is only after substantial research has shown it to be needed. Not every law change is a conspiracy or evil doing.
Posted by ToterDude on 2010-07-07:
The plastic sheeting companies are not the only ones paying TMHA to lobby legislation for these vapor barrier. It is the manufactures of the mobile homes who have lots and lots of money, remember these builders are nationwide companies and do billions in business every year. I am a mobile home installer and if you don't think the vapor barrier holds enough moisture to let a home settle then lay some on the ground overnight and see how much moisture is under the platic the next morning. I have unblocked too many homes with it underneath and you can stick your finger in the ground up to your hand. It's an injustice to the consumer!

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