3 Plumbing Tips for Renters

If you rent your home, you may be unsure how to keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape and what your upkeep responsibilities are. While your landlord can provide you with management services, it is your job to keep your rental home in good condition for the next tenants. Following these simple maintenance tips will help you keep your plumbing system running smoothly without landlord intervention.

Prevent Drain Blockage

One of the most common plumbing issues is a clogged drain. Food, hair, grease, dirt, and other forms of gunk and grime can build up in your sinks over time. This can lead to unpleasant odors, water overflow, and a non-functioning sink or shower.

To protect your drains, make sure to install drain strainers and blockers over each opening. This will help keep hair and other debris out of the drain while showering or washing up. Make sure never to pour any grease, oils, or products made of small particles, such as rice and pasta, into your sink. These substances will damage your drains.

Understand Your Landlord’s Responsibilities

When you sign a lease, there will be agreements in place outlining who is responsible for repairs, utilities, and maintenance. Knowing what your landlord is obligated to provide can keep expensive plumbing repairs off your bills.

Usually, your landlord is responsible for:

  • Keeping your home in good living condition
  • Providing hot and cold water
  • Preventing roof leakage
  • Keeping heating, plumbing, and electrical systems in good condition

Know How to Unclog Your Toilet

Another common plumbing issue is a clogged toilet, which can cause flooding, bad smells, and headaches for renters and landlords alike. Learn how to use a simple toilet plunger and keep one on hand.

If you have a toilet clog, do not jiggle the handle to get it to flush – this will cause your toilet to overflow. Grab your plunger and start gently. Then, pump more vigorously without removing the plunger from the toilet. Eventually, the blockage will release. The key to successfully unclogging your toilet is staying patient and calm.

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