Landlords have to keep their eye roaming over the smallest facets of their property, lest an issue swells into something that’ll eat up time and cash. Since we’re still huddling against the bite of winter, you must be mindful of what havoc the cold can wreak on your pipework and drainage facilities.
Burst pipes are costly to repair, and can inflict serious water damage on carpets, walls and basic housing foundations. Here are some tips for ensuring there’s never a crack in your piping system as the freezing temperatures continue…
Employ pipe insulators
As cold air moves over your pipes, it’ll make them brittle, prone to cracks from the water exerting pressure inside. Special insulators can fit around them like a protective glove, slowing the freezing process down to a crawl. Although such a measure won’t completely prevent any damage, it’s a necessary investment that’ll cut the rate of mishaps down by a large margin.
Disconnect water hoses
Hoses allow stored water to build up and freeze, which’ll cross back through the spigot into your main piping network. Ask tenants to unscrew the hose from the wall before a cold spell hits. It’s best to leave it detached for the entirety of January, February and March until spring finally gets in gear.
Install a temperature recirculation valve
With a thermal convection, non-electric recirculation valve, your property can pass hot water through a piping network when it falls below a set temperature. This can prove invaluable if tenants go away for the weekend, giving you peace of mind that every pipe in the house will have continuous, circulated heat to prevent bursts and leaks.
Drain down the heating system
For empty periods, such as vacancies between lettings, it’s just as important to protect your property from the cold weather. Failing to do so could invalidate your insurance in the event of an emergency, which is why we recommend landlords drain their heating systems for prolonged stretches where their property remains vacant.
Seal air leaks around the pipes
In basements, crawl spaces and attic rooms, icy air can seep through without you quite realising it. If this kind of environment is housing your piping, then make sure to plug up any leaks or gaps in the surrounding structure. Not doing so allows that carefully-heated interior to lose its protective qualities. Caulk sealant will do just fine as a countermeasure.
These are just a few suggestions to help you maintain a robust set of pipes during winter. Yet you are never entirely safe from something going wrong, particularly if you have a large property portfolio. Partnering with Summermere gives you access to expert advice and support, all year round. Together, we’ll secure properties that are at risk from the colder climate, ensuring you and your tenants are protected.
Interested? Call us today, and we’ll be more than happy to discuss how we can help.