Water is a necessary element to support life and water usage must be available. Water can be a force in itself, such as from a serious flood or hurricane. Left unchecked in a rental property, water can cause anything from minimal damage to major havoc and damage. Water problems can affect just about every area of the property, inside and out. There are 5 places and 5 reasons you should never ignore water.
Kitchens have many potential areas for water problems. Dishwashers, refrigerators, and ice makers can all have poor hose hook ups or develop a leak. Sinks and garbage disposals can back up or overflow due to poor condition of the plumbing. Even a slow drip over time can cause damage to cabinets and flooring.
There are utility rooms, laundry areas, garages, and basements with water connections. Washing machines can overflow or have problems with hoses or improper hook ups. Water heaters can start leaking. Basements can develop cracks in the foundations.
Many problems can happen in a bathroom. Most new homes today have two, three, or more bathrooms. Therefore a property can have a variety of toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs. Even if there is only one bathroom, it is critical that plumbing leaks be fixed quickly to avoid more damage.
Water can affect the exterior of a residence. You can have faulty drains that can back up and leak into the residence. Irrigation systems can cause standing water, which can lead to pest problems.
Roofs and gutters can leak. Periodic checks are necessary for roofs to prolong life. Backed up gutters occur when leaves or debris fall and should be cleaned out as soon as possible. It is possible to have structural plumbing problems. Plumbing in the ceiling or under the floor can become faulty or pipes can burst during certain weather conditions.
As your property management company, there are many steps we take to avoid serious issues caused by water. Please ensure you report maintenance as soon as possible to avoid major damage to the property. If there is a major leak on the property, please make sure to turn the main water off to your unit. If you are unsure where this is, please contact your water utility company.