When it comes to either your residential or commercial rental property having a maintenance schedule can be invaluable. It helps you to keep tenants happy and safe and look after your investment. Plumbing is one of those items which requires regular checks and maintenance, and so finding a reliable plumber and establishing ongoing plumbing maintenance contracts should be a high priority. Whether you’re on the Gold Coast or elsewhere, we explain how to find a great plumber to keep your property in ship-shape.
Why You Need a Maintenance Plumber.
It keeps your tenants safe.
We all know that water doesn’t mix well with electricity or gas, and isn’t great when it penetrates your roofing or gathers on slip prone floors. Chronic leaks can also lead to mould, which is a health hazard. Burst taps and overflowing toilets can ruin walls and floors and are also an inconvenience. Your number one priority is keeping your tenants safe.
It saves you money.
Regular plumbing health checks for safety increase the longevity of plumbing structures and indeed, the rooms they are in. Routine maintenance of plumbing equipment in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as the hot water system, is integral. Regular maintenance will ensure you won’t have to fork out money prematurely for replacement or major repairs and you are getting the longest lifespan out of your plumbing equipment.
It reduces the possibility of emergency plumbing situations.
Regular maintenance allows equipment and pipes to be monitored and damage repaired. This proactive approach saves you money by ensuring small problems don’t turn into big and expensive ones.
It keeps tenants happy.
Let’s be honest, nobody enjoys leaky taps, toilets, weak water pressure, blocked drains or sewer problems. Regular preventative maintenance helps to prevent these issues before they happen. Your tenants will appreciate fewer emergency situations, and the care and attention you provide to where they are living.
What you Need to Check Before Signing Plumbing Maintenance Contracts.
Current Plumbing Licences and Insurances.
When looking for a maintenance plumber, this should be the first thing you check. Ask yourself is the plumber licenced and do they have valid insurances? Insurances will cover Plumbers if they get injured undertaking work at your property, safeguarding you and ensuring the plumber will receive everything they are entitled to including loss of income, etc. Aside from safety, you will be covered if there are any damages caused at your property, meaning you won’t be stuck with a bill that you should not be responsible for.
There is no shame in shopping around for quotes. Just keep in mind that you pay for what you get. Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest option, the more quotes you get, and the better idea you get at industry prices. The cheapest plumber may not be reliable, and the money you save on a plumbing maintenance contracts will be lost on a plumber doing a rushed job. Look for a plumber who offers value for money.
This is always a great way to get an indication of what you may experience using that plumber. Word of mouth from family or friends is also one of the most trusted references. However, if you are new to an area, some websites offer reviews of plumbers within a region.
Using local plumbers is always preferable, as they will have a good understanding of the area, providing knowledge of any issues that are recurrent in the area. Using a local plumber will also reduce the call out time if they offer emergency plumbing services.
There is no point in finding a plumber that cannot fit your property into their schedule to service regularly. Having a set day (e.g. every second Monday of the month every month) makes it easy to notify tenants, and you will not have to worry about booking in your plumber each month. This is where initiating good plumbing maintenance contracts can work well. This will allow you to confirm frequency and prices. Also, it’s not a bad idea to check if the plumber of choice offers an emergency service and how long the callout would take. Just in case! Always best to cover your bases right?
Maintenance plumbing is important
- For safeguarding your tenant’s safety from faulty, old or poorly maintained equipment,
- Critical for increasing the lifespan of your plumbing equipment i.e. saving you money from forking out of your pocket to replace appliances or for major repairs.
You shouldn’t use just any plumber, before deciding on the cheapest plumber you need to check if the maintenance plumber has:
- Up to date licences and insurances,
- Has good references and
- Has availability and
- (A major plus) is local and offers emergency plumbing services.
The primary objective is you shouldn’t just pick any plumber based on price, and it is well worth your while moneywise and safety wise to do your research in more ways than one.
For a maintenance plumber who checks all the boxes, call us now on 1300 368 009 to organise a free quote and lock in your plumbing maintenance contracts.
Plumb Perfection is located in Mermaid Waters and services the Greater Gold Coast Region.