Leaks can be a tricky issue in all homes, but especially in rentals where the tenants change often. This changeover may lead to confusion as the tenants may assume a water issue around their tub is a leak – when in fact a lot of the calls we receive are a result of mis-used or non-existing shower liners.
It’s shocking how often renters are not aware of the proper way to use a shower liner & curtain. Educate your renters. If you don’t provide shower curtains and liners, be sure to inform your tenants about what they need and how to use them.
First, a clear plastic liner is a necessity. This is the part that stays in the tub – so that water that hits it will drain down into the tub. The actual shower curtain, which come in numerous colors and designs, stays outside of the tub and should hang to just above the bathroom floor.
Clear liner = inside tub.
Colorful curtain = outside tub.
Installing the liner and curtain is just the first step. Next is making sure the tenants use them both properly. All too often we are called out to fix a leak that is really just water running onto the bathroom floor from a shower liner that is placed outside of the tub. Or a liner that isn’t extended all of the way, allowing water to easily escape the front or rear of the tub. Or from a soaked curtain that was inside the tub, got wet, and is now (properly) outside of the tub but dripping through the floor vent.
Educate your tenants and you’ll see a decrease in false leak calls, leading to a reduction in spending.