A crisp chill in the air reminds us that colder temperatures are approaching. Many homeowners have a long checklist to winterize their homes, but among the most important is winterizing your plumbing. To protect your plumbing, you should insulate water pipes located in any unheated area, such as the crawlspace, attic, garage, or outside. Not only can pipe insulation save you money, but it can also prevent potentially devastating damages to your home.
Here are three reasons why homeowners need to insulate their water pipes.
1. Prevents Frozen Pipes
Any pipes left exposed to the cold air are at risk of freezing. When water freezes it expands, which can cause the pipe surrounding it to burst. This has the potential to cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home, especially if the leak goes undetected for an extended period of time. In short, insulating your pipes can save you the headache and help your wallet in the long run.
2. Improves Energy Efficiency
Pipe insulation can help you cut costs on your water heating bill. Insulating hot water pipes ensures that the water retains the heat, which means you can turn down the water heater.
3. Prevents Condensation
It is important to insulate cold water pipes, as they are more prone to collect condensation. Water collecting on the outside of pipes is harmful as condensation can cause the pipe to rust. Additionally, built up condensation will drip, potentially leading to water damage or mould.
Tips for Pipe Insulation:
Check the R-value of the Pipe Insulation. A higher r-value means that insulation is more effective. This value can vary depending on the type of insulation, thickness, and density. Insulation with a high r-value is ideal for homeowners who live in areas with more extreme winter conditions.
Choose the right type of insulation. Using insulation wrap is ideal for shorter, bendier pipes while foam pipe sleeves are better suited for straight, long sections of pipe.
For more information see our step-by-step guide to winterize your pipes.
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