As a landlord, it is important that you take the necessary steps to make sure that you are keeping your pipes in your Dania Beach rental homes protected against the freezing cold. The winter season can bring so many unwanted problems, and you do not want to hear your renters complaining about a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures. Tenants expect comfort when they come home, and finding a flooded, frozen home and damaged belongings will not make them happy. Such an incident will leave you facing 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 serves as a protective layer that covers the pipe to keep it from freezing. Wrapping a pipe can be accomplished in several ways, from plug-in heating tape to pre-formed foam tube insulation that slides on over a pipe. The kind of protection your pipes need is subject to how cold it gets where your rental property is and whether or not your pipes are the perfect fit for heat tape. Outdoor water spigots have to be protected with an insulated cover as well.
Maintaining your rental home’s exposed pipes is just as necessary as those that are hardly seen. But, as a busy landlord, you probably do not have the luxury of time to go to your Dania Beach home and take care of the pipes so you’d be tempted to ask your tenants to do it themselves. Leaving pipe insulation to your tenants might seem like a good idea, especially if you think about the time you can save, however, it may not be as good as it looks. Heat taping and wrapping your rental home’s pipes may not be a difficult task, but if your tenants have not had any experience doing home maintenance, then you’re better off asking an expert to do it. There’s a strong possibility that your tenants will miss a step or two in the process, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
One more solution is to do the heat taping and wrapping yourself. Though it is correct that insulating pipes is not a complex task, and that the materials are widely available, unless you also have an idea about what you are doing, you run the risk of putting your investment in an unfavorable situation. Pipe insulation also needs to be checked and replaced each year, which adds another potentially time-consuming task to your to-do list.
Of course, with everything else 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 Premier will monitor and manage the pipes in your Dania Beach 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 954-362-5235 today!
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