If you are a Chicago property manager, one of the areas you simply must stay on top of is water leaks. Many times, tenants themselves won’t even pay attention to a small leak, especially if it doesn’t affect their everyday life. The problem is that even the smallest of leaks can eventually cause massive problems for property managers. Leaks, especially inside of walls, will result in a variety of expensive repairs. Here are some of the signs that your tenant may have a leaky shower.
- Stains on the ceiling or walls. Water leaks will often first manifest themselves as a small stain on a wall or ceiling. If the stain is on the ceiling, it could be the result of a leaky shower in the unit above. Advise tenants to let you know as soon as possible when they notice a ceiling or wall stain. Of course, you want to address it quickly.
- Mold or mildew. Some minor mold or mildew may be common where water and heat is present. If it is persistent or growing, it could be another sign of a leaky shower or pipe joint. Look for signs of mold or mildew when conducting any unit inspection.
- Bubbling paint or wallpaper. When water gets behind layers of paint or wallpaper, it can cause drywall or plaster to expand, causing “bubbling” on the surface. This is yet another sign of moisture behind the walls that need to be addressed.
- Warped wall or flooring. If wall surfaces or flooring start to show signs of unevenness or warping, it could be an indication that moisture is once again up to no good. A leaky shower head from a unit below could be spraying the floor up above.
- An odd smell, even in a clean bathroom. As water accumulates over time, it will develop a musty or earthy odor. If tenants have a recurring odor in their bathroom, even after it is cleaned, it could mean water is accumulating in unseen areas. This could be from a variety of sources including a leaky shower.
- Extraordinarily high water bills. Paying close attention to water bills, especially on a year-to-year basis, is valuable in determining water leaks. Pay attention to the amount of water used, not necessarily the amount of the bill itself.
Who is responsible for the damage from a leaky shower will depend on whether you are managing a condominium or apartment building, and where the leak occurred. When a resident owns their unit, it is generally their responsibility if the leak is inside of the walls of their unit, or is in piping that is exclusive to their unit.
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