Rental property maintenance costs can quickly spiral out of control, impacting the profitability of your investment.
The most common plumbing issues and how to fix them
The 3 most common plumbing emergencies in rental properties
No Hot Water
What is the temperature of your water? Temps below 120 degrees F can also cause bacterial growth in your aquarium – so raise the heat if they’re below that mark. You may burn yourself if you exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
The pilot light needs to be checked. A gas water heater will have a pilot light that needs to be re-lit if it goes out. There will be an ignition switch on new heaters, while older models may require manual lighting. When relighting the pilot, refer to the user manual.
Water heaters should be flushed. It is possible for sediment and other buildups to cause your water heater to lose its effectiveness over time. Review your user manual for directions on flushing your tank – this may or may not be the landlord’s responsibility.
The heater has water pooling around it. If you notice a leak or determine that the pooled water comes from your heater, you should fix it. In the long run, the leak will get worse, so we recommend calling a plumber.
Landlords face a lot of headaches when their water lines break. It is not an easy fix, and it is usually quite expensive. The following are some signs that your water line needs to be repaired:
Water pressure is poor. You may have a leak if your tenants notice the water pressure is lower than normal. In the absence of other signs of water damage or a leak on the property, it may be the water line. Bringing in a pro to scope your line is the next step.
Water bills are increasing. There may be a leak in the ground if you or your tenants notice the water bill going up. If the city notices any significant changes, it will notify you/your tenants, but, again, get a plumber to inspect your water line.
The ground is wet. The tenants may notice soft spots or water build-up in the front lawn if the water line is broken. A property can be severely damaged by water. Maintain your plumbing systems regularly and keep an eye out for any signs of malfunction.