Preventing your pipes from the freezing cold is vital to getting your rental properties through the winter without any untoward happenings. The last thing you need is a rental house with a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures. Nothing will make your Palmdale renters more miserable than a flooded, frozen rental home and damaged belongings. Such an incident will leave you facing a massive clean-up and a hefty price to pay for repairs on your real estate investment. Heat taping and wrapping are just some of the ways that you can adapt to help 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 warms the pipe to keep it from freezing. Wrapping a pipe can be done in several 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 gets where your rental property is located and if your pipes are the right fit for heat tape. Outdoor water spigots must also be covered with an insulated cover.
Apart from keeping the hidden pipes protected, you have also to secure your rental home’s exposed pipes. Nevertheless, the demands of being a landlord and your daily life could hinder you to get to the pipes in your Palmdale home before the weather turns cold. What are your options then? You could be contemplating about urging your tenants to do the heat taping and wrapping on the rental home’s pipes, but does that seem like a good plan? There is no guarantee that your tenants have enough information to do a good job. It may not seem like a huge deal, but unless they have previous home maintenance expertise, then odds are they’ll miss an important step at a certain point during the whole process.
One more advice is to do the heat taping and wrapping yourself. It is right that insulating pipes is not a problematic job, and that the supplies are usually accessible, however, if you also know what you are trying, you’re taking a huge gamble with your investment. Pipe insulation also needs to be checked 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 Traditions will check and maintain the pipes in your Palmdale rental property regularly, giving all-out 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 661-266-1400 now!
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