Making sure that your pipes are protected from the freezing cold is vital in getting your rental properties through the winter without any unfortunate problems. The last thing you need is a rental house with a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures. Your Spring tenants would not want a flooded, frozen rental home and broken personal items. Such a problem will leave you upset and with a hefty bill as well as all the clean-up and fixes your real estate investment will entail. Heat taping and wrapping are just some of the proven ways to prevent frozen pipes.
Heat taping is like an electric blanket for your pipes. It involves an electrical heating element that is tied to a pipe. It warms the pipe preventing it from freezing. Wrapping a pipe can be done in many ways, from plug-in heating tape to pre-formed foam tube insulation that glides on over a pipe. The type of protection your pipes require will depend on the severity of the temperatures where your rental property is located and whether or not your pipes are the right fit for heat tape. Outdoor water spigots should also be protected with an insulated cover.
Keeping an eye on your rental home’s exposed pipes is just as significant as those that are covered. However, you probably have a demanding schedule and might find it difficult to get to the pipes in your Spring home before the cold breaks. So, what should you do? Leaving pipe insulation to your tenants is a major risk you do not want to take since they could mess something up, and instead of solving a problem, it could create one. It may seem like a good idea only if they are familiar with home maintenance, but it is more likely that they will be clueless when it comes to heat taping and covering the pipes.
Another possibility is if you do the heat taping and wrapping manually. Although it is true that insulating pipes is not a difficult task and that the resources are not hard to find, but unless you also know what you are doing, you’re taking a risk with your investment. Pipe insulation also needs to be checked and replaced each year, which adds another potentially long job to your already long to-do list.
Several things need to be accomplished, and pipes are often overlooked when making the to-do list. Hiring a team to do these tasks for you will make things easier. Real Property Management Preferred will check and maintain the pipes in your Spring rental property regularly, providing supreme protection from freezing and bursting with zero effort on your part. For more information about our property management services, contact us online or call us at 281-894-9111 today!
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