Damage Control: Plumbing Problems Every Property Manager Must Know
One of the most important jobs of a property manager is to maintain a home. And a huge part of home maintenance is making sure there are no plumbing problems.
To keep an eye out for these issues, you have to know what the most common plumbing problems are. Then, you’ll be better prepared to deal with them.
Fortunately, many of these problems have fairly simple solutions that we’re going to discuss here.
Keep reading to find out more about what plumbing issues you should look for as a property manager.
Common Plumbing Problems and Solutions
Knowing what problem you have isn’t enough. That’s why we’re also providing you with the solutions for each of these most common plumbing problems.
1. No Hot Water
This is the most common plumbing problem people face, even in Florida where a hot shower isn’t always completely necessary. Even so, most people balk at the idea of an ice-cold shower.
There are a couple of reasons someone may be complaining of a lack of hot water:
- The pilot light on a gas heater has gone out
- The temperature is not set high enough
- The tank isn’t large enough for the unit
If you’ve already checked these things, it may be time to call in an expert.
2. Clogged Drain
The next most common plumbing problem people face is a clogged drain. In most cases, prevention is the best solution, but once it’s happened, you may need to plunge or snake out the drain to remove the clog.
If all the drains in the home are slow, it’s possible the problem is further down in which case you would need to call for septic repair.
3. Running Toilet
Another issue people face is a toilet that keeps running. This is a huge waste of water and the expense can quickly add up.
Sometimes, it’s as simple as needing to shorten the chain which is getting tangled in the flapper. Or, you may need to replace another small part in the back of the toilet.
4. Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars every year, which is why it’s a huge part of house inspections. If someone complains of leaky pipes, there’s not much you can do about it.
If you can, locate the leak as best as possible before calling a professional.
5. Dripping Faucets
The final complaint we’re going to discuss is dripping faucets. While you’ll sometimes need to replace the whole faucet, in many cases the repair is far simpler than that.
Just replace the washer within the faucet to get the tight seal back so it won’t drip anymore. Then, advice the tenants to be gentler when turning it off.
Need More Property Management Advice?
Now you know five of the most common plumbing problems you need to look out for as a property manager. As you can see, many of them have quick fixes that will prevent a much larger issue from occurring.
If you want to get more advice about property management, be sure to check out our blog. We recently did a post on Chinese drywall and what to do if you suspect a property has it.