It is plausible that your renters are damaging the bathrooms in your single-family rental homes without intending to do so. Even tenants who only want what’s best for the house can unintentionally damage bathroom elements or fixtures. The main causes of accidental bathroom damage are generally a lack of regular maintenance or using the wrong cleaning products. By teaching tenants and letting them know how to care for the bathrooms on the property the right way, Portsmouth rental property owners can save themselves a lot of possible repairs down the road.
Regular maintenance and cleaning are the secrets to keeping a bathroom in good working order. But there is no certainty that a tenant will have an idea of how to properly maintain and clean a bathroom and may unintentionally damage a bathroom’s fixtures and elements.
For example, hard water (water with a high mineral content) is ordinary in many areas of the country. This kind of water can cause mineral deposits to build up 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. If left untreated, it can likewise permanently stain bathroom surfaces, making them look horrendous.
Regular maintenance is a large segment of preventing a little rust or hard water deposit from turning into a big problem. In the shower, merely cleaning the shower head and the faucet on a regular basis with vinegar can guarantee that they are working flawlessly and that the water pressure stays consistent. But most household cleaning products will not eliminate hard water buildup, and neither will abrasive sponges or scrub brushes. To clean fixtures without damaging them, tenants need to have an idea about the correct way to do it or may unintentionally cause more harm than good.
Additional elements of a bathroom that often sustain accidental damage are cabinets and floors. With closeness to many water sources, water damage in a bathroom is always a concern. A small leak under a bathroom cabinet or a dripping faucet may not look as if it should be a persistent issue to a tenant, nevertheless, even small leaks are critical warning signs that something has gone wrong with the plumbing and ought to 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 another common source of inadvertent damage. Many tenants want to keep their rental home clean and in good repair, but they may apply 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 fast become not only an eyesore but also a health hazard.
It’s significant for property owners to confirm that their tenants have a good understanding of proper bathroom maintenance and cleaning. But passing on this message to them and then checking to make sure that they hold up their end of the bargain can take a lot of time and may leave you feeling resentful towards your tenants. This means that a professional approach to educating tenants about property maintenance is one of the best ways to retain good tenant relations. At Real Property Management Hampton Roads, we can provide the information tenants need and the oversight that property owners want to ensure that each rental home is kept in the best possible condition. Contact us online or call our office at 757-395-4274 and see how we can help make your rental property ventures go smoothly and profitably.
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