Today we’re talking about how to winterize your rental property in Denver. There are a couple of specific things you need to do, especially if you’re renting out a single family home.
First, make sure that sprinkler systems and swamp coolers have been properly tended and drained. When the temperature starts to drop and you have water pipes of some sort on the exterior of your property, where they are away from the heat of the home’s interior, the lines need to be properly drained. With the sprinkler system, the back flow is coming out of the house, but there are lines underground, and they need to be drained. You also have to blow out the residual water that might be in those pipes. A sprinkler company can use a compressor to blow out excess water and prevent freezing water that will crack your underground piping. With the swamp cooler, your machine is probably on the roof or outside a window. Those exposed pipes also need to be drained of any fluids before the temperature drops.
If a property is going to be empty for a period of time, either due to a vacancy or because the tenant is going out of town, make sure the heat is turned on in the home. You can set it to about 60 degrees. If it’s below zero outside, you don’t need to keep it hotter than that, but you want it warm enough inside the home so water pipes don’t freeze. It’s also a good idea to put the faucets on a slow trickle. Don’t turn them on all the way, but keep just a little bit of water moving through the system.
For older homes where there isn’t a lot of insulation in the walls, you’ll want to open the cabinet doors under the sinks so heat from the interior of the home is able to reach those areas and keep things warm.
If you have any questions about how to protect your rental home for the colder months, please contact us at Mavi Unlimited Property Management. We’d be happy to help you.