Property Managers Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Property Managers Plumbing Maintenance Checklist: 16 To-Dos

16 To-Dos for Plumbing Maintenance for Property Managers

As a property manager, you know that maintenance costs are the most expensive variable cost when managing a rental. There is almost always something to repair or replace in a rental home, and the cost of handling those issues can run into hundreds of dollars. That is why it is so hard to predict how much you will spend on maintaining the rental structures and systems in any given month.

Among the maintenance issues you are likely to spend the most time and money on, cases involving the home’s plumbing are number one. Because the plumbing system runs through the entire property, the probability of plumbing problems is very high. These can be minor repairs that cost only a few dollars to fix or crucial issues that will take thousands of dollars of the owner’s money.

Every property manager needs a way to gain control of maintenance – plumbing maintenance especially. A preventative maintenance program that helps you detect problems early and solve them quickly is the best way to do this. To create this program, you need a regular inspection of the home’s plumbing and a checklist to ensure you don’t miss vital aspects of the plumbing during inspections.

The following plumbing maintenance checklist will help property managers get the best use of the plumbing systems in a rental property without spending a lot of money.

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A Property Manager’s Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

1. Inspect for leaks

Check all fixtures for leaks – showerheads and faucets, in particular. This is the first and most obvious part of plumbing maintenance, but it is easy to skip or to be lazy.

One trick is to add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and wait 15 minutes. If the color shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking. You need to replace the flapper and fill valve.

2. Inspect aerators

Faucet and showerhead aerators can get clogged and interfere with the free flow of water. Remove and clean aerators or replace them, if necessary. Before trying to solve any apparent water pressure issues, check aerators first. If you still can’t figure out low water pressure, a good plumber (like Rubber Ducky Plumbing) can probably help.

3. Check emergency valves

Check shutoff valves on the water supply lines to each fixture. Make sure that the shutoff valve is working properly, and that it is easy enough to turn – this can avoid leaking pipes and potential water damage.

4. Check toilets

Check Toilets Rock the toilet gently to ensure the mounting bolts at the base are not loose. Flush the toilet to make sure it operates as expected. Open the tank lid and check the inner parts for signs of wear and tear.

Remember to do the same especially for toilets that people rarely use.

5. Inspect drains

Check the shower, sink drains, and tubs. Watch out for slow drains and gurgling sounds coming from the drain. Every time the rental is between tenants, remove the trap and sink stopper to clear any obstructions.

6. Inspect caulking

Take a close look at the caulking around the shower, tub, toilet base, and sinks. If you find missing or dried-out portions, remove the old caulk and apply a fresh one.

7. Check water pressure

Run all faucets in the home at once to know if there is enough pressure. You may also use a test gauge. The ideal water pressure for the house is 40-65 psi.

8. Examine pipes for corrosion

Check pipes for corrosion or signs of impending corrosion. If you find rust on iron or steel and bluish-green deposits on brass and copper, you have a problem. Even when there are no leaks, you should get a plumber to check the pipes.

9. Clean the P-trap

To reduce the possibility of future clogs, clean the p-Trap under the sink.

10. Inspect sinks

Under-sink areas are notorious for hiding leaks. Even if the region is dry, the presence of stains, peeling, warping, and mildew means there is a problem. Call your plumber if you see any of these and can’t detect the issue.

11. Clean the garbage disposal

Clean the garbage disposal by dumping ice cubes made of white vinegar into the system and running it. Other than that, follow the manufacturer’s routine for maintaining the equipment.

12. Check the water heater

Firstly, keep a record of the installation date of the water heater and the scheduled replacement date. Check the temperature and pressure relief valve; ensure that it is working. If the tank is dirty, flush it (do this once a year). Replace the anodes, if necessary.

Check Washing Machines

13. Check washing Machine

Look for cracked and brittle water hoses. Test connections to make sure they are secure. Inspect the surrounding area for signs of leaks.

14. Check the refrigerator

If the appliance has an ice maker, check the water supply tubing and connections for leaks.

15. Clean the main drain

Create a schedule for cleaning the main drain to reduce the risk of blockages and the consequent sewage backup or grey water flooding.

16. Educate your tenants

Make sure tenants are fully aware of their role in plumbing maintenance. They should not flush certain items down the drain. Also, they should keep loose hair out of the drain. They should not pour grease down the sink. Show them where the main water shutoff is and how to operate it.