Securing your pipes from the freezing cold is important to getting your rental properties through the winter without any instances. The last thing you need is a rental house with a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures. It doesn’t help your Warwick renters if they’d come home to a flooded, frozen rental home and find that their belongings have been damaged. It will cost you thousands of dollars in damages to your real estate investment, not to mention the extensive clean-up it would need. Heat taping and wrapping are just some of the basic 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 warms the pipe to keep it from freezing. Wrapping a pipe can be completed in numerous ways, from plug-in heating tape to pre-formed foam tube insulation that slides on over a pipe. The sort of protection your pipes need will hinge on how cruel the cold shifts towards your rental property’s location and whether or not your pipes are the precise fit for heat tape. Outdoor water spigots should also be wrapped with an insulated cover.
Having your rental home’s exposed pipes attended to is just as crucial as those that are concealed behind the scenes. 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 Warwick home before the cold blows. What would you do? You could try and ask your tenants to do the heat taping and wrapping themselves, but that wouldn’t be a helpful idea. Leaving pipe insulation to your tenants will leave your rental property prone to their blunders. Unless your tenants have some home maintenance background, you are better off assigning the job to the experts.
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 replaced each year, which adds another possibly time-consuming task to your to-do list.
Of course, with all the things that you have to do, pipes might not make it on the to-do list as frequently as they should. That is why having someone check it for you can be the best decision you ever make. Real Property Management Providence will monitor and manage the pipes in your Warwick rental property regularly, producing 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 401-272-3300 today!