Tips for Renters
Renting offers advantages that owning a home can’t, such as reduced maintenance costs, reduced insurance costs, no property taxes, and in the case of apartments, there is no lawn upkeep. However, you have the responsibility to maintain the rental in good condition. The terms of the lease should clearly outline your responsibilities. The following renters plumbing tips can assist in a worry free experience, and proper care of your rental’s plumbing in Arlington.
Before Signing a Lease
It’s wise to be aware of your rights as a renter, and these can vary between locations. Typically, landlords will be required to maintain a structurally sound and habitable property , to provide hot and cold water, with an efficient sewer system, to maintain a roof that doesn’t leak, and to maintain plumbing in Arlington, electrical and heating systems in a safe and functional condition.
Read the lease before signing, and ensure you fully understand the terms. In addition, both the landlord’s and your responsibilities should be clearly stated, and in writing. For example, the lease should state who is responsible for structural repairs, its plumbing in Arlington, electrical and heating systems, and the appliances. In order to prevent unexpected expenses, clarify what you’re responsible for precisely and that all agreements are in writing.
A thorough inspection of the property with the landlord or their representative before signing the lease can prevent unnecessary stress and expense during the duration of the lease. By identifying problems and insisting on a property inventory and inspection check sheet signed by you and the property owner, the landlord will not be able to claim you caused damage that was pre-existing. During the inspection, ask where the main water shutoff valve is located. During a plumbing emergency the shut off valve will shut off the water and prevent damage. If repair is needed, don’t hesitate to request all issues be repaired before signing the lease or moving in.
Ask up front if there are problems with the property. For example, ask if there are drainage problems, leaky pipes, faucet issues, running toilet problems, or water heater issues. If you’re going to be responsible for the repair of problems (and the water bill) with the rental’s plumbing in Arlington, it’s especially wise to identify them before signing the lease or moving in.
Never pour fat, oil, or grease down the drain, or into the garbage disposal. In addition, insert strainers into drains to help prevent drain clogs. Practicing preventative measures now will reduce problems later with the rental’s plumbing in Arlington. Purchase a toilet plunger for the occasional clog, and provide one for each bathroom.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
If the rental features an outdoor faucet, remember to insulate it before cold weather arrives to prevent a frozen, or burst pipe. Ask the landlord if other pipes are vulnerable to freezing. Uninsulated walls in older homes can lead to frozen pipes on exterior walls. During extreme cold, leaving the cabinet doors open under sinks can prevent frozen pipes in the home’s plumbing in Arlington.
Lower Utility Bills
Check the temperature on the water heater, and ensure the setting is 120°F. This temperature reduces the chance of scalding, and reduces the energy bill.
When the Lease Ends
Leaving the rental in a clean, ready to move-in condition prevents a cleaning bill or charges for broken blinds, paint and carpet being deducted from your security deposit. Provide a thorough cleaning to appliances and fixtures in addition to a meticulous cleaning of the home. You will be more likely to receive the deposit refund, and to receive a positive reference for your next rental.
Finally, once the clean up is complete, insist on a walk through inspection with the landlord or their representative with a check sheet. Bring a copy of the original checklist prepared prior to your original rental, in the event the landlord claims you caused damage that was preexisting.
With these tips, you can enjoy the rental home without worry. For the repairs of plumbing in Arlington, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Our plumbers in Arlington can provide plumbing repair, drain cleaning, water leak repair and other plumbing services. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.