If you’re looking to rent out your home and ensure it’s in the best shape possible, you’ll want to take care of plumbing as soon as possible. A thorough inspection can save you from headaches and costly damages in the future by catching hidden leaks, cracks, or clogs early on.
And if you’re looking to move out of a home and need to get it back in pristine condition for the owners, don’t forget that basic plumbing maintenance is just as critical then. Use this handy guide to prepare your pipes before moving in, and after leaving home, so everything goes smoothly!
Why Plumbing Maintenance is Required Before/After Renting Your House
When you rent your house/apartment to someone, it is important to ensure that the plumbing is in good working order. If there are any issues with the plumbing, this could lead to problems for both you and your renters. You might have to pay a plumber or other repair person, which could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on how serious the issue is.
The article discusses some plumbing maintenance tips that we recommend for your rental property.
Clean Out the Garbage Disposal.
You can also use a plumber’s snake to clean out the garbage disposal. A plumber’s snake is exactly what it sounds like—a flexible metal rod with serrated teeth along one end. The best way to use this tool is to plunge it into the drain and twist it back and forth until you’ve cleared out all debris. This process will take some time but doing so will prevent future pipes from getting clogged by food waste grounded up as small as possible and deposited into your plumbing system.
If you don’t have access to a plumber’s snake or if they’re not available at your local hardware store, another option is using an auger (or “snake”) that attaches directly to your electric drill.
This type of snake tends not to be quite as effective when dealing with large buildup pieces in your pipes. They’re designed more for removing roots from outside of walls than stubborn debris inside pipes themselves. However, it might work well enough if only small clogs are present on occasions due to food particles being flushed away regularly over time!
Schedule an Inspection.
It is important to schedule an inspection of the plumbing before renting your house. The inspector will be able to tell you what repairs are needed and what should be done after renting the home. You can hire a licensed plumber in your area to do this inspection for you.
Hire a Drain Cleaning Service.
It is the one thing that I think every homeowner, even those renting their houses out, should do at least once a year. Then, a good company will come out and snake your drains—that is, remove all of the gunk that has built up in them over time. They’ll also give you some tips on keeping your drains clear between visits.
If you don’t want to hire a drain cleaning service (or if there isn’t any available near you), try DIYing it with a handy tool. If the problem is bigger than you can handle, it might not be wise for a novice plumber to attempt this task themselves!
Fix Any Leaks.
Leak repair is an important part of any landlord’s maintenance routine. No matter what kind of property you’re renting out, it’s important to fix any leaks before you hand over your keys. Leaks can be expensive as they can damage the house itself or the plumbing system that could lead to further expenses down the line. They also negatively impact the environment and their owner (because who wants their wallet drained by a leaky pipe?).
Clean the Water Heater.
Before renting your house to someone, it is important to check the water heater. First, the water heater needs to be clean and working properly. You can clean the water heater by removing sediment and rust that might be in there. If there is any rust, you should get rid of it using a wire brush or sandpaper to keep your water heater in good condition.
You also need to ensure that all parts are working together while using utilities like natural gas or electricity. To do this, you can use a digital multimeter which will tell you if there are any electrical problems with your appliance before letting anyone else use it!
Check the Shower Head and Faucets.
- Check the shower head and faucets: Shower heads are the most common source of leaks in showers, so make sure there aren’t any leaks before you move in. If you find one, fix it as soon as possible—this will help prevent damage to your ceiling and walls. Ensure that the faucets aren’t leaking either by checking for drips under them every few months after a heavy rainfall or if you notice water on top of them during use.
- Check the water pressure: Low water pressure can cause serious problems with appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, toilets, and sinks because they need enough force to function properly. To check your home’s water pressure at each fixture (faucet), simply turn it on full blast and wait until all of its contents have drained out through its drainpipes; then measure how much time it took for this process to complete (1 minute = low pressure).
- Check how well everything works together: It’s important that these two things work together seamlessly so that if something breaks down suddenly during operation, other parts won’t get damaged. It could lead to fixing costs up front plus additional expenses due to prolonged use of old equipment more than necessary.
Check All Pipes for Leaks and Cracks.
Before you rent your house to someone, it’s important to ensure that all the plumbing works. Check each major pipe in your home for leaks and cracks. If there are any, get them fixed right away. Leaks lead to mold growth, which can be a problem for renters who might already have allergies or asthma.
If you don’t have a plumber on hand, you can call one of the handyman services advertised on late-night commercials. They should be able to fix most small problems quickly and affordably.
Make Sure the Toilet is Working Properly.
Check the toilet for leaks. If there are any, you’ll want to fix them before your tenant moves in.
Check the bowl shape and color of the toilet bowl. If it’s cloudy or discolored, you may need to clean it more often than others do to not look dirty when someone uses it!
Ensure there isn’t too much or too little water in each flush (which could cause clogs). The ideal amount of water is about 1 inch above the top edge of the tank when flushed with some paper towels or cotton balls in place. You can also place a ruler on top of your tank lid before dumping some water after flushing if you want something more precise!
Some Maintenance Must Be Done Before Renters Move In and Some After They Leave
Before Renters Move-In
Before renters move in, you should ensure that your water heater is in good working order. If you have a gas-powered water heater, check for leaks around the base of your unit and make sure there are no cracks or holes where gas can escape. If you have an electric unit, ensure the wiring is intact and free from damage. Also, check to see if any exposed wires or broken switches on any appliances connected to the circuit that powers your water heater (such as a clothes dryer) so that they don’t pose a fire hazard.
After Renters Move-Out
After renters leave, inspect all of their belongings—including clothing—to ensure they don’t have bedbugs (these little critters could be hiding in items as small as jackets). Don’t forget about other infestations like fleas and ticks too!
Routine Maintenance Can Prevent Plumbing Emergencies with Rental Properties
Regular maintenance will save you money and time in the long run. It’s easier to prevent an issue than to fix it, so try to have a general idea of what maintenance your rental units should be getting.
Routinely check all of your faucets, toilets, drains, and other fixtures for leaks or clogs that can lead to larger problems down the line (like flooded basements). If there are any obvious signs of leakage or clogs, such as water stains around faucets or toilets that don’t flush properly, get them fixed immediately! It will save you from having to do expensive repairs later on and prevent any major flooding issues.
Also, keep an eye out for leaks under sinks where pipes go through walls; these can cause serious damage if left unchecked (and may even result in mold growth). You’ll know something’s up when you see moisture forming on walls near sinks under cabinets. If this often happens enough over time, it might mean there’s got something wrong with your pipes somewhere behind those cabinets, which would need repairing soon before they become more serious problems later in the future.
Plumbing maintenance is something that everyone needs to look into if they have an older home. An old house can have some serious issues with the plumbing, and you don’t want to be stuck in an emergency situation with no way out. If you notice any leaks, call for help immediately. You don’t want to wait around for a leak that could cause damage to your home or cause flooding.
The good thing is that there are many online sources that can help you to learn more about plumbing maintenance DIY tips. However, for more critical plumbing issues, it’s best to hire a professional. You must ensure routine maintenance of your plumbing issues to keep your fixtures in the best condition.