It is conceivable that your renters are damaging the bathrooms in your single-family rental homes without even knowing it. Certainly, even good-natured tenants can unintentionally damage bathroom elements or fixtures. The main causes of accidental bathroom damage are frequently a lack of regular maintenance or utilizing the wrong cleaning products. By helping tenants understand how to care for the bathrooms on the property effectively, Upper St. Clair rental property owners can save themselves a ton of costly fixes down the road.
Regular maintenance and cleaning are the keys to keeping a bathroom in a great working state. But there is no assurance that a tenant will know how to properly maintain and clean a bathroom and may unintentionally damage a bathroom’s fixtures and elements.
For instance, hard water (water with a high mineral content) is a usual occurrence in numerous areas of the nation. This sort of water can make mineral deposits develop in and around plumbing and fixtures, causing rubber seals to deteriorate, rust fittings, and leave behind an unattractive ring in tubs, toilets, and sinks. Hard water can lead to leaky pipes, toilets, and faucets, and cause a shower to lose water pressure. Whenever left untreated, it can also permanently stain bathroom surfaces, making them look grimy.
Regular maintenance is a significant part of preventing a little rust or hard water deposit from turning into a major issue. In the shower, basically cleaning the shower head and the faucet on a regular basis with vinegar can guarantee that they are working right and that the water pressure stays consistent. But most household cleaning products will not take away hard water buildup, and neither will abrasive sponges or scrub brushes. To clean fixtures without damaging them, tenants need to know the right way to do it or may unintentionally cause more harm than anything else.
Other elements of a bathroom that often sustain accidental damage are cabinets and floors. With nearness to multiple water sources, water damage in a bathroom is always a concern. A small leak under a bathroom cabinet or a dripping faucet may not seem like an urgent concern to a tenant, but even small leaks are critical warning signs that something has gone awry with the plumbing and should be addressed immediately. Otherwise, the moisture from the leak could lead to damaged cabinets and, if ignored long enough, damage to the flooring or even the subfloor beneath the bathroom’s tile or laminate.
Using the wrong cleaning products on cabinets and floors is a common source of unintended damage. Many tenants want to have their rental home spotless and in decent condition, but they may use harsh chemicals or other cleaning products that end up stripping the varnish off a wooden cabinet or compromising the seal on a tile floor. Exposed wood and grout are far more susceptible to mold and other moisture-related problems, and can quickly turn out to be not only an eyesore but also a health hazard.
It’s important for property owners to ensure that their tenants have a good understanding of proper bathroom maintenance and cleaning. But conveying this information to them and then following up to see that your directions are being carried out can be time-consuming and may result in strained relationships. This makes a professional approach to educating tenants about property maintenance one of the best ways to retain good tenant relations. At Real Property Management Three Rivers, we can provide the information tenants need and the oversight that property owners want to ensure that each rental home is retained in the best possible condition. Contact us online or call our office at 724-804-8254 and see how we can help make your rental property ventures go smoothly and profitably.
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