If you remember anything about this year in Tucson, you'll remember the deep freeze and the many homes that weren't ready to handle it - broken water pipes were among the biggest problem and caused back ups (no pun intended!) with plumbers for weeks on end.
And rental properties were most affected because landlords, though they prepped their home - forgot about their rentals!
Today the temps in Tucson will be low, and as the rain moves out, the temps will drop even more - below freezing. So homeowners and landlords alike - here are a few things you should do today:
· Get some burlap and cover your plants for starters! (Bed sheets will do in a pinch - but burlap is better - the local Home Depot is almost sold out so today is the day to go get some if you need to!)
· While you are at the depot, pick up some pipe insulation and cover all your outdoor pipes.
· Check your heater, change the filters if necessary and if you have tenants, it's a good idea to have some extra space heaters handy in case something goes wrong - you can always bring them some space heaters till the unit can be serviced.
· And don't forget your water heaters - if you haven't looked at them in the past year or longer - take a quick peek, thermo couplers go out all the time - and usually - it's always when it's 20 degrees outside!
· With tenants - give them all a call today and remind them about the freezing temps. I have a tenant that works nights - I will remind him to leave a couple faucets open on a small drip - just in case.
· I understand trying to save money - so with that comes the concept of turning off the heater while you aren't home. However, this could do more damage - so at least keep the heat on - but at lower temps - like 40 or 50. This will help prevent pipes from freezing while you are gone - especially if you are gone for a couple days.
· If you have a swimming pool - change the cycle so the pump runs at night until the morning.
Spend some time today so you won't have to spend more later!
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2011. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission:TucsonsRealEstate@gmail.com.