One of the luxuries of renting is not having to worry and keep on top of maintenance and if a plumbing issue arises out of hours, you won’t have to pay that hefty bill out of your own pockets…. Thats what Landlords are for! However because you are renting, doesn’t mean you need to be ignorant. If you’re going to be living in this place, you don’t want plumbing issues occurring everyday.
Read on to see the top things the team at Gallant Plumbing recommend you should look into before you move into a rented property:
Ask Questions; Do your homework
Find out a bit about your rental. What is the past history of plumbing problems which have occurred? Where are important points located, such as water heater, inlet valves, main valves and shut off valves (probably most important!!)? Don’t move in not knowing, as when an emergency situation does occur, you will feel quiet helpless!
Be Proactive and Preventative
There are simple tasks and implementations which can help prevent plumbing issues from occurring down the tracks. For example, using a sink strainer can help prevent drain blockages. We find a lot of people mistake their sink for the rubbish bin, and then are shocked when they have a blocked drain… Go figure! Having a strainer over the drain entry point, will eliminate excess scraps and dirt from making their way down the sink. Read our blog post How To Prevent Drain Blockages to find out more.
Check your Hot Water Unit
Does the hot water unit look a little past its prime time and as if its on its way out? If so, it’s just a ticking time bomb, waiting to go off at the most inconvenient of times! Some common signs your hot water unit could soon need replacing are:
- The water is too hot
- No hot water at all
- Low water pressure
- Running out of hot water faster than usual
- Rusty and brown water
Want to know more about Hot Water Units? Read more here.
Inspect Pipes & Taps
It’s easy to believe what you hear right? The landlord tells you that there are no pipe leaks… Ok I believe you! But see it for yourself. Test the taps and then look under the sink to see if you can see any water drops. It’s better if you see it with your own eyes!
If you would like some more guidance on things to look out for, or you have a plumbing issue you would like help with, please feel free to give our friendly team a call on 1300 830 956.
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