It is always handy to get plumbing tips from experts, especially when they make your life as a tenant easier. Knowledge is power, and it is good to familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities. Did you know the law requires tenants to take proper care of a landlord’s property, including the plumbing? When you follow our plumbing tips for beginners, your tenancy will be smooth sailing – a win-win for you and your landlord.
So, what can you do to prevent plumbing problems, and are there any apartment plumbing problems you can try and sort out yourself before contacting your landlord?
Preventing Plumbing Issues for Tenants
Active prevention is the best way to avoid plumbing problems from arising. Here are some practices you can incorporate into your daily life to ensure your plumbing stays in tip top shape:
- Learn where the main water valve and individual shut offs are
There is nothing worse than having a burst pipe or large plumbing leak in your rental property, and you don’t know where to find the individual shut offs and main water valve. Learn where they are now!
- Don’t throw grease down the kitchen sink
When you throw grease down the kitchen sink, it solidifies over time, requiring you to clean the drain regularly. Throw it into a dedicated grease container, which you can dispose of later.
- Think before flushing the toilet
Flush only body waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Even ‘flushable’ wet wipes and feminine hygiene products can clog the pipes.
- Clean the garbage disposal regularly
Regularly remove materials caught in the blade after unplugging the disposal – safety first!
- Use drain strainers
Install drain strainers in the kitchen, bath, shower and any other sink to prevent unwanted hair and soap build-up from clogging your drains. Plus, they are easy to clean!
- Use expert-approved drain cleaners
Ask your local plumbing supply company which drain cleaner is best for your rental property.
Quick Guide to Apartment Plumbing
Apartment plumbing is easy to maintain when you have the right tools, supplies, and access to someone knowledgeable about plumbing maintenance. Here are a few DIY plumbing tips you can use as a guide.
Was the water pressure low during your shower? There might be a sediment buildup in the nozzle, which is easy to remove. Unscrew the nozzle, remove any obvious buildup, and soak the nozzle in a vinegar-water solution to get rid of calcium deposits.
Is a leaky faucet bothering you? The washer inside the handle has failed and should be replaced with an exact copy.
Did someone throw wet wipes down the toilet, and it is blocked? Get a toilet plunger, ensure it completely covers the drain, and slowly plunge it up and down without moving it from the drain. The obstruction will eventually come loose.
For more information on tips that might solve the plumbing problem in your newly renovated bathroom, please contact our team at Crosstown Plumbing today or visit our website at: https://www.crosstownplumbing.com/