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Are Your Residents Damaging Your Van Buren Bathroom and Don’t Even Know It?

Van Buren Landlord Fixing a Sink in the BathroomIt is feasible that your renters are damaging the bathrooms in your single-family rental homes without even realizing it. Even well-intentioned tenants can inadvertently damage bathroom elements or fixtures. The main causes of accidental bathroom damage are typically a lack of regular maintenance or utilizing the wrong cleaning products. By teaching your tenants about how to care for the bathrooms on the property the appropriate way, Van Buren rental property owners can spare themselves plenty of costly fixes along the way.

Regular maintenance and cleaning are the solutions to retain a bathroom’s exceptional working condition. There is no assurance that a tenant will know how to properly maintain and clean a bathroom and could unintentionally damage a bathroom’s fixtures and elements.

As a living proof, hard water (water with a high mineral content) is not unusual as it occurs in a lot of areas of the nation. This sort of water can cause mineral deposits to collect in and around plumbing and fixtures, triggering rubber seals to deteriorate, rust fittings, and leaving 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 not resolved right away, it can also permanently stain bathroom surfaces, making them look dingy.

Regular maintenance is a significant part of preventing a little rust or hard water deposit from turning into a big issue. In the shower, simply cleaning the shower head and the faucet on a regular basis with vinegar can ensure that they are working correctly and that the water pressure remains 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 know the right way to do it or they may unintentionally do additional damage rather than good.

Some elements of a bathroom that often sustain accidental damage are cabinets and floors. With it being so close to numerous water sources, water damage in a bathroom is always a concern. A small leak under a bathroom cabinet or a dripping faucet may not appear to be a worrying matter to a tenant, but even small leaks are critical warning signs that something had gone wrong with the plumbing and should be addressed as soon as possible. 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.

Making use of the wrong cleaning products on cabinets and floors is one more common cause of unintentional damage. Many tenants want to keep their rental home clean and in good repair, 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 rapidly become not only an eyesore but also a health hazard.

It’s important 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 directions are being carried out can be time-consuming and result in escalating tempers. 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 First Choice, we can provide the information tenants need and the oversight that property owners want to ensure that each rental home is retained in the best possible condition. Contact us online or call our office at 479-242-0791 and see how we can help make your rental property ventures go smoothly and cost-effectively.

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