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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Preventing Water Leak Damage To Sarasota Rental Properties

Posted by at 9:00 AM

This post is aimed at landlords and rental companies, but it also has good, common sense information for homeowners and renters, too. Why? Well, in the case that you’re a homeowner, it’s important that you keep on the lookout for water leak damage to protect the value of your property (likewise with landlords). If you’re a renter, it’s a good idea because it will help you redeem your deposit when you move out, and it staying vigilant about Sarasota water leak damage is a healthy practice.

Sometimes it’s very frustrating to see the state that some people leave bathrooms in when they depart from your property. Water leak damage and tenants not taking care of your space can cost you thousands of dollars and make it difficult to re-lease the property to new tenants. Older properties seem to suffer more than most when it comes to water damage. However, even new properties are vulnerable to the ravages of water damage, especially if they aren’t tended to properly. Of course, it’s extremely important for you as a landlord to hire a well-qualified plumbing company and water damage specialists to maintain and even boost the value of your property.

The main two complaints we hear about are mold growth and water damage caused by overflows or leaks. The good news is there is that there are many low-cost preventive measures you can take to save you money in the long run and keep it coming in by keeping your rental space in tip-top shape.

Let’s start with the major pain in bathrooms. From a building and renovation point of view, there are certain things you can do to make the bathroom last longer between refurbishments and that saves a lot of time and money.

Tackling Mold Caused By Water Leak Damage

From our standpoint there are a few things the conscientious landlord needs to do to combat the “dreaded black mold”. These steps are also pretty much hassle-free, too.

Mold really needs three things to grow:

  1. A warm environment
  2. A moist environment
  3. Something to grow on ( Shampoo, Dirt, Carpet, Wet Drywall).

So it’s not surprising that the bathroom fits these above criteria down to a tee, not to mention our humid environment in Sarasota.

So, with this in mind, as a landlord, you should:

  1. Make sure the bathroom has a decent heat source to give some warmth.
  2. Fit a good quality “humidity sensing” extractor fan – this is a must.
  3. Use sealant that does not go black and moldy and yes one exists.
  4. Use shower curtains as opposed to Bath Screens as they are better in keeping water in the bath.
  5. Use a system to seal in bathtubs and shower trays that prevents mold growth and stops leaks happening and yes this exists too.
  6. Always schedule inspections to prevent water leak damage to any area of the property. Not doing so can cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars and possibly set you up for a law suit!

Contact Accutech For A Thorough Leak Location And Detection Inspection

We use the most advanced leak detection and location equipment with Sarasota’s most knowledgeable team of leak experts to assist you in keeping your rental property’s value up and rising. The same goes with homeowners. Annual or Bi-annual inspections are a fantastic way to prevent eventual water leak damage to carpets, tile, furniture and the very structure of your property.