Plumbing Tips for Property Renters

Whether you’re a first-time renter or someone who has lived in numerous rental properties, plumbing is a vital concern. Being knowledgeable about plumbing makes you a better renter, and also decreases the chances of an issue taking place that you could be on the hook for with your landlord.

At All Hours Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Heating & Cooling, our plumbers are here to help. Let’s look at a few tips we generally offer to renters when it come to plumbing, both before and during your rental period.

Take a Tour

Firstly, ask the landlord to show you around the important plumbing areas. These include:

  • Main shutoff valve: Make sure the valve works, and have the landlord tag it so you can find it quickly in case of emergency. If there’s an emergency, shutting this main valve off is often the first step.
  • Individual shutoffs: All toilets and sinks have their own individual shutoff valves – have the landlord show you these so you can turn these off if there’s an overflow.
  • Questions: Ask your landlord if there have been any previous plumbing issues, whether there are any pipes prone to freezing, and whether there’s any other plumbing information you need to know.

Limit Issues in Advance

A few ways to limit plumbing issues before they ever get started:

  • Buy strainers for sinks and shower drains to block hair and other debris.
  • Make sure the water heater is set to 120 Fahrenheit – this is the industry standard.
  • Know what you can and can’t flush down the toilet – generally only toilet tissue and waste.
  • Stay away from liquid drain cleaner – chemicals can damage pipes.
  • Use the garbage disposal properly.

Prepare for Cold

A few specific tips to prep before winter:

  • Turn off all outside water and disconnect outside hoses.
  • Have the landlord show you where the outdoor shutoff valve is located.
  • When you’re out, set the thermostat between 55 and 60 to save energy, but also to keep the unit at a reasonable temperature and prevent frozen pipes.
  • Open cabinets or doors that house water pipes to allow warm air to circulate and prevent frozen pipes.

For more on how to operate your plumbing as a renter, or to find out about any of our plumbing services, speak to the pros at All Hours Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Heating & Cooling today.

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All Hours Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Heating, and Cooling provides affordable plumbing, HVAC and fireplace services in Salt Lake City, UT. We offer 24 hour emergency services and we’re dedicated to providing the absolute highest quality service at the best prices. We don’t over bid, and we don’t under bid with the idea of tacking on hidden fees; we simply give honest prices with honest answers.

Our complete lines of Salt Lake City plumbing and HVAC services include everything from drain cleaning and water heater replacement, to air conditioning repair and furnace maintenance. No matter what you need (or when you need it!), when it comes to your plumbing or HVAC, we have you covered. Reach out to us when you need plumbing, HVAC or fireplace help, and we’ll show you how easy it can be to get your home’s systems working well again soon!

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We will leave your work area cleaner than when we arrived, or we will pay for a cleaner to come through.

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24/7 Services

No matter when you call us, someone will answer the phone. And once help is on the way, we'll always arrive on time.

    Honest Pricing

    Honest Answers

    We won’t underbid or overbid your project. The price you see on your quote is the price you’ll pay for the work we do.

    Clean Home

    Guarantee

    We will leave your work area cleaner than when we arrived, or we will pay for a cleaner to come through.

    Always On Time

    24/7 Services

    No matter when you call us, someone will answer the phone. And once help is on the way, we'll always arrive on time.

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