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A Renter’s Guide to Plumbing

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A great thing about renting is that when appliances and fixtures stop working, you are not responsible for the repair. However, even with a property manager or maintenance person one call away, there are some things you, as a renter, can do to keep your plumbing at its best.

Prior to Move-In

Take the time to inspect all drains, faucets, and showerheads before getting too comfortable. Ensure everything is working properly. Things to check include:

  • Rusting faucets or showerheads

  • Water pressure

  • Hot water temperature

  • Locate the emergency shut-off valve


Work with your property manager or landlord to ensure everything is in tip-top shape. Additionally, on plumbing maintenance and emergency policies when it comes to your rental space


One of the most common service requests for homeowners and renters alike is clogged drains. Our showers, baths, and sinks see a lot of grime and waste — so it is no wonder that they need a little professional TLC every so often.


A telltale sign of a clog is slow drainage. If you have ever been mid-shower and realized the water is pooling at the base (instead of draining), you have experienced a clog. In addition to lingering H2O, weird smells or gurgling sounds are two also two common signs to look out for.


If you are already experiencing slow discharge in your sinks or shower, give maintenance a ring or call in a professional. However, if your drains have been recently cleaned or you are looking to maintain their pristine condition, here are a few tips:

1. Install a Drain Strainer

Whether in your sink or shower, a drain strainer will prevent unwanted waste from entering your drains. Hair is a major culprit of drain clogs, so preventing it from entering your shower or tub can keep you clear from any plumbing mishaps.

2. Avoid These Food-Based Items Going Down Your Drain

When it comes to cleaning dishes, these items should never go down the sink:

  • Oil/grease

  • Vegetable peels

  • Egg shells

  • Animal bones

Plumbing Services in Dallas, Texas

Even with the security blanket of an apartment or rental company to come to the rescue, having a local plumber on speed dial is always a safe bet. Hedrick's Service Now is here to answer any questions you may have and to help in your time of need.

Give us a call today at (214) 509-6029 to schedule your appointment!