In a rental property, the tenant and landlord must work together to resolve maintenance issues and keep the property in good condition during the tenancy agreement. Leaking showers and bathrooms are a common maintenance request and often leave tenants concerned about losing access to the bathroom for several days. Luckily, when you have tenants, shower sealing in most cases will effectively fix those sudden leaks without a major disruption to their current standard of living.
The Importance of Shower Sealing When You Have Tenants
Most shower and bathroom leaks are caused by natural building movement. This is where seasonal changes cause the soil to rise and shrink, which then cause the foundation to gradually shift in unpredictable ways.
Foundation shifts lead to all kinds of property damage and increase the risk of leakage. For example, the gap between the shower floor and wall junctions can widen. Or the tile grout gets heavily compressed and cracks, which exposes gaps for water to travel down.
A trained technician – from a provider like Shower Sealed – can assess the shower and accurately diagnose the cause of the leak using the latest technology. From there, they can effectively reseal the shower, re-grout the tiles, and carry out other repairs to ensure the shower does not leak again.
Reporting a Leaking Shower or Bathroom
It is the responsibility of the tenant to report shower and bathroom leaks when they happen. This way the landlord can review the request and quickly arrange a qualified technician to fix the problem.
But is shower sealing when you have tenants an emergency or routine repair?
According to the Residential Tenancies Authority, ‘a burst water service or serious water service leak’ is considered an emergency repair and the landlord must arrange a tradesperson to inspect the premise within 24-48 hours of being notified of the problem.
Who Pays for the Cost of Shower Sealing?
If the shower or bathroom leak is due to building movement, it is considered to be wear-and-tear and must be paid for by the landlord. However, if the tenant does not notify the landlord of the problem in a reasonable timeframe, they could be liable for the cost of waterproofing and other repairs.
When you have tenants, shower sealing, re-grouting and other preventative measures go a long way to lower more expensive damages caused by leakages. Call Shower Sealed today on 1300 519 133 for a tailored waterproofing solution backed by a 12 year guarantee.