A must-do checklist, when it's getting chilly
Imagine it’s peak winter, the temperature is below 32f and will get even colder in the upcoming days. Texas in general and Austin in particular is not built to deal with these temperatures, and as property owners it’s important that we take care of protecting the people at our homes (from inconvenience), and of course the property itself.
Actions that we recommend doing immediately in the property:
1. Open the outside faucets and let them drip, it is indeed a waste of water: But a bursted pipe will waste much more water…! Leave the faucet in a slow leaking state.
2. Wrap the tap in an isolated covet.
3. Investment property? Send a message to the tenants immediately, keep the instructions simple and clear. Don’t confuse them, here’s an example:
I’m hoping that you’re staying warm and safe!
BE ADVISED: Due to the extreme cold weather, we’d like to avoid from having the pipes burst. Please be sure to turn on the external faucets so they’re constantly leaking, and cover them with thermal isolation material.
Please confirm that you’ve received this message and took the recommended precautions, thanks and stay safe!