When the freezing cold hits, you have to make sure you are taking the necessary steps to protect the pipes in your rental homes. Taking action will help curtail any unwanted incidents; the last thing that you want is an unhappy tenant after finding out that the rental house is flooded, frozen and their properties are damaged all because of a burst pipe. As a landlord, a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures is never a good thing as it will leave you with a vast amount of repairs and an extensive clean-up. Heat taping and wrapping are just two ways to counter 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.
As well as caring for the pipes that are not seen from the outside, exposed pipes need the same amount of protection too. But you are probably too busy, and it would be hard for you to get to the pipes in your Mobile home before the cold hits. How will you remedy that? You might have considered asking your tenants to do the heat taping and wrapping themselves, but that wouldn’t be a good idea. Leaving pipe insulation to your tenants may seem like an excellent idea however it could give you more problems instead. Even though the job is not that big, it does require a particular skill to accomplish and unless your tenants know what they are precisely doing, then the odds of them messing it up are high.
One other step that you can take is to do the heat taping and wrapping yourself. You might think why not, right? Insulating pipes does not seem complicated, and all the materials that are needed are not hard to find, but the truth is doing it yourself is a risk too significant to take. Pipe insulation will also require that they are checked and replaced every year, which is another task that you have to add to your already long 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 handle it for you can be the best decision you ever make. Real Property Management Azalea City will check and maintain the pipes in your Mobile rental property regularly, rendering the best 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 251-345-6224 today!
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