Best Plumbing Tips for Renters
A benefit of renting means you’re not responsible for major repairs to the apartment or home you’re renting. While it’s the landlord’s responsibility to keep up the property, renters are still responsible for keeping the property in good shape. Not only does this encourage good renter/landlord relationships, but it ensures you get your deposit back at the end of the lease. Check out these plumbing tips we put together for renters:
Drain Cleaning Tips
A common complaint renter’s take to their landlords is sluggish or completely stopped up drains. Most clogs can be avoided by being careful about what is flushed or rinsed down the drain. While old pipes do cause clogs to be more prevalent in a space, most clogs form because of too much toilet paper being flushed, grease and fat rinsed down the drain, and non-organic items being put in the drains, accidentally or not.
Renters don’t need to call their landlord every time a drain clogs when they have the right tools. Purchase a sink and a toilet plunger to dislodge small clogs, but don’t pour drain cleaner down the drains. Liquid cleaners slowly corrode pipes. If this happens, your landlord could hold you responsible for the repairs.
Another way to prevent drain clogs, and keep your landlord happy, is to install drain strainers. A quick trip to the home improvement store is all it takes to purchase these bathtub and shower accessories. Place the strainer over the drains to collect hair, soap scum, and other debris. For maximum benefits, make sure to empty the strainer after each use. Do not empty the strainer into the toilet, though. Instead, dump the contents into the trash can and call it a day.
Take a Plumbing Tour
When you first move into a new place, ask the landlord to give you a tour of the home and show you where the water supply shut-off valves are located. If you have a burst pipe or another leak that causes water to flood into the rental, you want to minimize the damage to the unit and your belongings as quickly as possible. Knowing how to turn off the main water supply is critical at this point.
It’s also a good idea to do a walk through once a year, preferably when you renew your lease, to go over any plumbing problems you’ve been having. Landlords don’t always know problems exist because they’re not living in the house or apartment everyday like you are. Have you been having problems with slow drains? Is the water heater making weird noises? Do you struggle with a leak toilet?
These are issues you need to tell your landlord about, so they can get the plumbing service needed to fix these problems. It’s up to you, as the renter, to let your landlord know about plumbing problems in a timely manner. Yet, little problems tend to be ignored or lived with because people are busy, or they don’t want to bother their landlord for fear that they’ll be seen as a nuisance renter. Scheduling a check-in with your landlord once or twice a year is a great way to get those little problems taken care ASAP! During this check-in, it’s also a good idea to make sure everyone is on the same page. Find out from your landlord what your responsibilities are for minor plumbing repairs.
With this in mind, if you have plumbing repairs to make that are deemed your responsibility, contact Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter. We offer 24-hour emergency plumbing service that includes drain cleaning and leaky pipe repair. Our team services nine regions throughout Southern California from San Diego to Ventura County. Call us at (888) 668-8922!