Consumer technology is a wonderful thing. Even the most self-proclaimed technophobe is dependent on some sort of technology. It’s technology that enables us to travel dozens of miles to work, to wake up to a warm home and to communicate with friends, colleagues and loved ones all over the world. While many of us use technology liberally, we all too often associate it with cost. Sure, any technological advancement usually comes at a cost to the consumer, and early adopters generally find themselves paying top dollar to get in on the ground floor, but there are a great many ways that technology can help you make big savings at home and in the office.
Prevent pipe freezing without paying a fortune in heating costs. Buy heat tape for pipes to prevent water from freezing in them. Most heat tape solutions use a built-in thermostat so there’s no need for external controls or monitoring. This means that metal and plastic water pipes can be protected from both freezing and overheating. Prior to the advent of electrical heat tape technology, heat traced water pipes could not be insulated as it would increase the chances of overheating and create a fire risk so the only alternatives were to waste a huge amount of heat energy to prevent the pipes from freezing or spend money and time doing the arduous work to clear frozen drain pipe. Self-regulating heat tapes can be used for single pipes or networks of identical pipes, that can be used in virtually any environment or temperature.
The time and cost involved with repairing damaged pipes can be extensive. The best way to save money is to be proactive and protect your house or business from the ravages of extreme weather. Not only can the pipes get damaged, but those broken pipes can send water flooding into a building, causing water damage and mold. This can require new floors, drywall, ceilings and more, and that’s not even considering all of the pipes that will need to be replaced. In this situation, a stitch in time saves nine.
With extreme weather willing to wreak havoc on everything in its way, take the necessary precautions. Save yourself, your home and your business from the damage that extreme weather can cause by freezing pipes, causing water to expand, damage the pipe, then melt and flood the area. If you keep the water from freezing in the first place, you will also avoid the subsequent damage.