Maintaining the quality and standard of rental property is essential for landlords and tenants. There are many threats and risks, but some can do more damage than others. There have been several incidents of flood and water damage ruining homes of late. Therefore, this is a good time for landlords and tenants to make themselves aware of ways they can protect rental property from water damage.
It is crucial people don’t leave the responsibility of protecting the rental property to other people. Yes, the landlord has a responsibility to care for the home and tenant. However, the tenant also has responsibilities, and they should be motivated to maintain the property of the rental house.
If damage occurs, it ruins tenants belongings, and the tenant may find themselves having to find new accommodation. There is no denying that water damage negatively impacts landlords, but tenants need to be aware of the impact water damage has on them. Therefore, everyone should play an active role in minimising the likelihood of water damage impacting on property.
Review the guttering and downspouts
Not many people like the idea of checking guttering, it is a messy job. However, a failure to ensure your gutters are in excellent condition leads to problems. If your gutters are filled or blocked, there is a higher chance of water making its way into the property.
Also, you should check your downspouts, ensuring they point away from the property. The purpose of the downspout is to draw water away from the property, so make sure this is in good working order and provides you with the outcome you need.
Check out your roof
The roof is another area that is likely to cause problems during wet and windy weather. Your roof should be checked on an annual basis, or in the aftermath of challenging weather conditions. Lost or damaged tiles or shingles allow water to seep into your property, causing significant water damage in a short time-frame.
Reviewing your roof is an area where it is best to call on an expert for help. Working at heights should only be undertaken by people with the right equipment and who are confident about the role.
Ensure your windows are sealed
Another area where water may gain access to your rental property is through any cracks or gaps in the window frames. The quality of the sealant of your windows dramatically impacts the quality of a home. The higher the standard of insulation, the more energy is retained in the house, and the more external elements remain outside.
The importance of maintaining the condition of your window seals for water damage prevention is often overlooked. This is because many benefits come with managing this area of your home. However, if you feel your home is at risk of flooding or water damage, this step is a helpful one to take.
Other tips to consider in the prevention of water damage include:
· Checking exterior walls for cracks and gaps
· Check the condition of drains around your property
· Keep drains clear of obstructions
· Dispose of fats carefully
If you follow these steps, you improve the likelihood of minimising the risk of water damage at your rental property, whether you are a landlord or tenant. Whatever move you are keen to make in the market, contact Hunters Camberwell and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.