Your renters are likely damaging the bathrooms in your single-family rental homes without even realizing it. Even tenants who only want to keep the house tidy can unintentionally damage bathroom elements or fixtures. The main causes of accidental bathroom damage are typically a lack of regular maintenance or applying the wrong cleaning products. By helping tenants realize how to care for the bathrooms on the property the right way, Miramar rental property owners can spare themselves a lot of expensive maintenance along the way.
Regular maintenance and cleaning are the best ways to guarantee a bathroom is in a good working state. But there is no guarantee that a tenant will know how to properly maintain and clean a bathroom and could unintentionally damage a bathroom’s fixtures and elements.
Case in point, hard water (water with a high mineral content) is not unfamiliar in many areas of the country. This kind of water can cause mineral deposits to accumulate 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, causing them to look filthy.
Regular maintenance is a necessary feature of preventing a little rust or hard water deposit from turning into a big issue. In the shower, simply washing the shower head and the faucet on a consistent basis with vinegar can guarantee that they are working correctly and that the water pressure remains constant. But most household cleaning products will not eradicate hard water buildup, and neither will abrasive sponges or scrub brushes. To clean fixtures without damaging them, tenants want to know the correct manner to do it or they may accidentally do more harm than good.
Further elements of a bathroom that often sustain accidental damage are cabinets and floors. With proximity to so many water sources, water damage in a bathroom is always a concern. A small leak underneath a bathroom cabinet or a dripping faucet may not look as if like it’s a pressing matter to a tenant, but even small leaks are critical warning signs that something has gone amiss with the plumbing and should 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 incessant reason for accidental damage. Many tenants want to keep their rental home immaculate and in good condition, but they may use 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 quickly become not only an eyesore but also a health hazard.
It’s essential for property owners to ensure that their tenants have a good understanding of proper bathroom maintenance and cleaning. But conveying this information to them and then following up to see that instructions are being carried out can be time-consuming and lead to resentful feelings. This makes a professional approach to educating tenants about property maintenance one of the best ways to retain good tenant relations. At Real Property Management Premier, we can provide the information tenants require and the oversight that property owners want to guarantee that each rental home is kept in the best possible condition. Contact us online or call our office at 954-362-5235 and see how we can help make your rental property ventures go smoothly and profitably.
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