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Vancouver WA Rental Property Maintenance Water Damage Prevention

Is Your Vancouver Rental Property Protected Against Water Damage?

Real Property Management Authority will help to protect your Vancouver investment property against water damage. Water damage can sneak up and cause thousands of dollars in repairs if not prevented. Below is an important rental property management tip that will help secure and protect your Vancouver investment property.

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Maintenance Programs can Prevent Water Damage

Water damage causes billions of dollars of damage each year. Even modern buildings are seeing damage from the use of new materials that aren’t holding up as well as anticipated. Much of that damage comes from the inside through faulty plumbing. Those leaks can spawn mold and other costly repairs. Water from a leaky roof, water-stained ceiling and walls, and standing water can also create damage and can cause major problems for a homeowner and greatly diminish and even destroy a home’s value. So it pays to inspect regularly.

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Start by hiring a qualified inspector to perform the following program will ensure your property stays free from water damage. Once a maintenance program in place you can protect your Vancouver rental property from taking on water damage and help to prevent unreported damage.

Then stick to the program you choose. The maintenance needs of a particular property should remain the same whether you rent to a series of short-term tenants or one long-term renter. Stick to the schedule in order to keep the property operating profitably.

  • Make sure all vents have an exhaust to the exterior of the property and be equipped with the appropriate hoods.
  • Humidity in your property should be between 30 and 50 percent. Humidity may be too high if you observe stains on ceilings and walls, condensation on windows, and musty smells.
  • The expansion joints on your property absorb movement between walls, bricks and pipes. When these joints aren’t in good condition water intrusion may occur.
  • Sealants and flashings should be inspected, both are designed to prevent water intrusion.
  • HVAC systems should be inspected for leakage and condensation. Drain lines can also become obstructed and cause flooding.
  • Frequently dry all surfaces where moisture collects, including the dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, hot water heater and air conditioning units.

 

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