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Plumbing tips for renters from a Rosanna plumber

2018-10-17T01:47:48+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Plumbing|

If you follow the property market, you’ll probably be aware that house prices in Melbourne have been on the upwards trend for several years now.

To give it some perspective, we now live in a market where an increase in the median house price of 13% is considered “soft”!

So it’s hardly a surprise to learn that we’re seeing a decline in homeownership in Australia and a corresponding growth in the number of renters!

A little less than one-in-three Aussies is now a renter; there are good odds you’re one of them.

If you’re wondering what you should do when it comes to your rental, this Rosanna plumber is here to lay down some crucial plumbing tips that you should remember.

 

Do your homework before moving in

After signing, but before moving in, it’s important to familiarise yourself with your future home’s plumbing system.

It’s crucal that you know where all the major plumbing features are:

  • Water heater
  • Inlet valves
  • Mains valves
  • Main shutoff
  • Traps and vents

This way, should a plumbing emergency arise, you’ll be able to quickly cut water supply.

Another thing that you should remember is to ask the landlord about past plumbing problems and how they were resolved – before you move in.

You’re going to be living there, so it’s vital you know exactly what you could be dealing with in the future.

If you need a checklist of the common plumbing problems you need to check, here’s an easy guide from H2-Pro Plumbing.

 

An ounce of prevention…

So, you’ve figured out where everything is.

Now comes the next step: taking the necessary preventive measures to avert any plumbing issues from happening.

While plumbing problems are your landlord’s responsibility, that doesn’t mean you can’t do some preventative plumbing of your own! Simple plumbing fixes like checking valves and tightening up taps take minutes but can prevent bigger problems further down the line.

Of course, prevention is about more than checking your fixtures – especially when it comes to your plumbing. Remember to think about your water-usage habits too!

Here’s an example: in the past, we’ve posted about some of the common causes of blocked toilets. If you’re guilty of any of these, it might be time to break the habit.

 

Think of the season

Melbourne weather can be fickle at the best of times. Going from 30 degrees and sunny one day to 18 and raining can drive someone insane.

And it doesn’t just force you to change plans on the fly either – it can also put significant pressure on the plumbing at your rental property!

 

Pay attention to your hot water unit

Is the water heater in your rental property beyond its prime?

If so, it could be a ticking time bomb. If hot water is being delivered lukewarm, you’ve noticed excessive water around the base of the unit, or you’re running out of hot water faster than usual, you might like to speak to your landlord about getting it inspected and potentially replaced.

If you want to learn more about how to save water and lower the usage in your home, you can check out our water saving tips here.

 

Rely on your emergency plumber

Maintenance is the landlord’s responsibility.

However, landlords are people too, with their own routines and schedules. You’re not guaranteed to reach them immediately – you might even have to wait several days for a response!

We never DIY plumbing for a number of reasons. Fortunately, however, many landlords will leave you a list of handy phone numbers to call in the event of an emergency.

One of these will be your local emergency plumber.

 

Rosanna’s best emergency plumbers

Save H2-Pro’s number in your phone – you never know when you’ll need it!

Whether you own your own home or are renting, plumbing emergencies are something that simply can’t be ignored.

 

H2-Pro’s team of plumbing professionals are ready to assist you with all of your plumbing needs.

This includes 24/7 emergency plumbing service throughout Melbourne’s northeast, like Warrandyte, Rosanna and surrounds.

Do you need plumbing assistance ASAP? Is your landlord not returning your calls?

If so, make sure you give us a call on (03) 9844 1444 or fill out this contact form and we’ll get right back to you with a time and effective solutions.

If you follow the property market, you’ll probably be aware that house prices in Melbourne have been on the upwards trend for several years now.

To give it some perspective, we now live in a market where an increase in the median house price of 13% is considered “soft”!

So it’s hardly a surprise to learn that we’re seeing a decline in homeownership in Australia and a corresponding growth in the number of renters!

A little less than one-in-three Aussies is now a renter; there are good odds you’re one of them.

If you’re wondering what you should do when it comes to your rental, this Rosanna plumber is here to lay down some crucial plumbing tips that you should remember.

 

Do your homework before moving in

After signing, but before moving in, it’s important to familiarise yourself with your future home’s plumbing system.

It’s crucial that you know where all the major plumbing features are:

  • Water heater
  • Inlet valves
  • Mains valves
  • Main shutoff
  • Traps and vents

This way, should a plumbing emergency arise, you’ll be able to quickly cut water supply.

Another thing that you should remember is to ask the landlord about past plumbing problems and how they were resolved – before you move in.

You’re going to be living there, so it’s vital you know exactly what you could be dealing with in the future.

If you need a checklist of the common plumbing problems you need to check, here’s an easy guide from H2-Pro Plumbing.

 

An ounce of prevention…

So, you’ve figured out where everything is.

Now comes the next step: taking the necessary preventive measures to avert any plumbing issues from happening.

While plumbing problems are your landlord’s responsibility, that doesn’t mean you can’t do some preventative plumbing of your own! Simple plumbing fixes like checking valves and tightening up taps take minutes but can prevent bigger problems further down the line.

Of course, prevention is about more than checking your fixtures – especially when it comes to your plumbing. Remember to think about your water-usage habits too!

Here’s an example: in the past, we’ve posted about some of the common causes of blocked toilets. If you’re guilty of any of these, it might be time to break the habit.

 

Think of the season

Melbourne weather can be fickle at the best of times. Going from 30 degrees and sunny one day to 18 and raining can drive someone insane.

And it doesn’t just force you to change plans on the fly either – it can also put significant pressure on the plumbing at your rental property!

 

Pay attention to your hot water unit

Is the water heater in your rental property beyond its prime?

If so, it could be a ticking time bomb. If hot water is being delivered lukewarm, you’ve noticed excessive water around the base of the unit, or you’re running out of hot water faster than usual, you might like to speak to your landlord about getting it inspected and potentially replaced.

If you want to learn more about how to save water and lower the usage in your home, you can check out our water saving tips here.

 

Rely on your emergency plumber

Maintenance is the landlord’s responsibility.

However, landlords are people too, with their own routines and schedules. You’re not guaranteed to reach them immediately – you might even have to wait several days for a response!

We never DIY plumbing for a number of reasons. Fortunately, however, many landlords will leave you a list of handy phone numbers to call in the event of an emergency.

One of these will be your local emergency plumber.

 

 

Rosanna’s best emergency plumbers

Save H2-Pro’s number in your phone – you never know when you’ll need it!

Whether you own your own home or are renting, plumbing emergencies are something that simply can’t be ignored.

H2-Pro’s team of plumbing professionals are ready to assist you with all of your plumbing needs.

This includes 24/7 emergency plumbing service throughout Melbourne’s northeast, like Warrandyte, Rosanna and surrounds.

Do you need plumbing assistance ASAP? Is your landlord not returning your calls?

If so, make sure you give us a call on (03) 9844 1444 or fill out this contact form and we’ll get right back to you with a time and effective solutions

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