Keeping your pipes protected against the freezing cold is key to making sure that your rental properties survive the harsh weather without any unwanted happenings. You do not want to deal with a rental house having a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures. Such circumstance will make your tenants unhappy as nobody wants to come home and find a flooded, frozen rental home and damaged possessions. As a landlord, it will leave you with no choice but to cough up more money to cover for the cost of renovations as well as dealing with extensive clean-up. Heat taping and wrapping are just some of the simple ways to prevent frozen pipes.
Heat taping is like an electric blanket for your pipes. It involves an electrical heating element that is taped to a pipe. It helps act as additional protection to cover the pipe to keep it from freezing. Wrapping a pipe can be prepared in various ways, from plug-in heating tape to pre-formed foam tube insulation that slides on over a pipe. The type of protection your pipes need depends on how cold it grows where your rental property is located and if your pipes are the right fit for heat tape. Outdoor water spigots should also be shielded with an insulated cover.
Keeping a keen eye on the exposed pipes of your rental home is likely just as crucial as keeping track of the ones that can’t be seen. However, being a busy landlord, you may find yourself too busy to check on the pipes in your La Verkin home before the weather turns bad. You may feel like you have no option but to ask your tenants to do the heat taping and wrapping themselves, and while that may sound like a plausible idea, it could leave you with so much trouble instead. Unless your tenants have some home maintenance experience, leaving pipe insulation to them will most likely end up with unfinished work or a sloppy one. There’s a good chance that they would fail to do one or two steps at some point while doing the task.
A different way to approach this is to do the heat taping and wrapping on your own. While it is right that insulating pipes is not a tricky task, and that the supplies are widely available, unless you also know what you are doing, you’re taking a gamble with your investment. Pipe insulation also needs to be checked and mended each year, which adds another possibly time-consuming task to your to-do list.
Of course, with everything else you have to do, pipes may not have the time to make sure such a task is on your to-do list as they should. That is why partnering with a good and reliable company can be the best decision you ever make. Real Property Management Southern Utah will check and maintain the pipes in your La Verkin rental property regularly, providing maximum 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 435-673-4242 now!
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