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Protecting Your Royal Oak Rental Property Pipes

Frozen Outdoor Water Faucet and Pipes Covered in SnowflakesYou have to make sure you are protecting your pipes against the freezing cold; your renters will thank you for it. You do not want to upset your Royal Oak renters by surprising them with a burst pipe in sub-zero temperatures ending in a flooded, frozen rental home and damaged belongings. As a landlord, it will cost you a lot of money in renovations and in a massive clean-up as well. Two of the proven ways to prevent frozen pipes is heated taping and wrapping.

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 added protection to the pipe keeping it from freezing. Wrapping a pipe can be done in more than a few 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 depends on how cold it gets where your rental property is located and if your pipes are the precise fit for heat tape. Outdoor water spigots must also be protected with an insulated cover.

Caring for your rental home’s exposed pipes is as equally important as those that are concealed. But what if you are too busy to keep track of such a task? You could ask your tenants, but you have no assurance that they can do so. Leaving pipe insulation to your tenants is a significant risk you do not want to take, they could mess something up and instead of solving a problem, it could create a bigger one instead. It may seem like a good idea if they are familiar with home maintenance, but it is far more likely that they are clueless about heat taping and wrapping the pipes.

You can try and do the heat taping and wrapping yourself by googling the steps and attempting it manually. Insulating pipes is not a complex task, and the materials that you will need aren’t hard to find; however, you will be taking a huge gamble with your investment if you decide to do so. Pipe insulation will need to be checked and replaced every year, adding yet another time-consuming task to your already long list of things to do.

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 choice you ever make. Real Property Management Silverstone will check and maintain the pipes in your Royal Oak rental property on a routine basis, providing 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 586-992-6419 now!

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