There are lots of uncomplicated actions that you can practice to guard your pipes against the freezing cold. The last thing that you’d need is agitating your renters because of a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures. It doesn’t reassure your Chesapeake renters if they stumble upon a flooded, frozen rental home and find their ruined belongings. It will force you to spend a good deal of money for repairs towards your real estate investment, not to mention the comprehensive clean-up it would also require. Heat taping and wrapping are just some of the necessary steps that you can take to prevent frozen pipes.
Heat taping is like an electric blanket for your pipes. It involves an electrical heating element that is bonded to a pipe. It keeps the pipe warm making sure it’s far from freezing. Wrapping a pipe can be done in various ways, from plug-in heating tape to pre-formed foam tube insulation that glides on over a pipe. The type of protection your pipes need depends on how cold it gets where your rental property is located and if your pipes are the best fit for heat tape. Outdoor water spigots must also be capped with an insulated cover.
Take heed of your rental home’s exposed pipes. They are just as vital to take care of like the hidden pipes. Nevertheless, as a busy landlord, you might find it tough to keep a record of such duties and you might find it inconvenient to get to the pipes in your Chesapeake home before winter hits What should you do? You could try and ask your tenants to do the heat taping and wrapping themselves, but that wouldn’t be a helpful plan. Leaving pipe insulation to your tenants will leave your rental property prone to their blunders. Except if your tenants have some home maintenance background, you are better off assigning the job to the experts.
One more recommendation is to do the heat taping and wrapping yourself. It is true that insulating pipes is not a complicated job, and that the supplies are easily obtainable, however, unless you also know what you are doing, you’re taking a huge gamble with your investment. Pipe insulation also needs to be monitored and replaced each year, which is another addition to your already long to-do list.
Of course, with everything else you have to do, pipes might not make it on the to-do list as often as they should. That is why having someone supervise it for you can be the most excellent decision you ever make. Real Property Management Hampton Roads will check and maintain the pipes in your Chesapeake rental property regularly, giving 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 757-395-4274 now!
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