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3 Common Sources for Leaks in Multifamily Properties

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Common Sources for Leaks in Multifamily Properties

A water leak could cost commercial property owners thousands of dollars extra in water and sewage bills. Multifamily property owners may find their tenants frustrated with high water bills due to leaks and may have to cover the extra costs of water damage restoration. Leaks commonly develop in these locations on multifamily commercial properties:

  • Bathroom, kitchen and washer water supply lines
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Plumbing systems

A water meter that gradually increases even when no water is being run is a clear sign of a leak. If this is the case in your multifamily property, check these common sources:

1. Inspect Bathroom, Kitchen and Washer Supply Lines
You can find water supply lines in the water-dispensing areas of the property. The corrosion from constant water use can wear out the supply lines, causing them to develop a water leak. Replacing these when they show signs of leaking will prevent the damages from adding up. Check the warranty on supply lines before purchasing new ones to avoid having to pay upfront.

2. Ensure Bathroom Fixtures Are Functional
Bathroom fixtures, such as faucets and toilets, can develop leaks if they become worn. Faucet drips are more notable than issues with toilets, which may develop hidden leaks beneath the base. Inspect fixtures regularly to prevent corrosion and replace them when they become worn.

3. Check Older Plumbing Systems for Broken Pipes
Older plumbing systems must be routinely inspected for leaks because they are commonly made without rust-resistant materials. An outdated plumbing system can develop a pipe break and cause water damage to a commercial property. It is also vital to check after inclement weather to ensure no pipes have burst or developed leaks.
The constant flow of water due to leaks can run up water bills, causing tension between landlords and tenants. A water leak from any of these three issues may also cause damage to commercial properties in Brentwood, TN, leading to costly repairs. Regular maintenance to supply lines, fixtures, and plumbing systems can prevent these unexpected expenses.

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