Why Do Pipes Need Insulation? Can I Do It Myself?

The pipes that move water around the house can cause havoc when they break. It’s important to insulate them to try to stop that from happening.

Why Do Pipes Need Insulation

What Does Insulation Protect From?

  • Internal Freezing – One of the worst things that can happen when the temperatures drop is having the water in your pipes freeze solid. Insulation can help keep the water flowing by preventing the temperature in the pipes from reaching freezing point.
  • Water Damage – If water from the surrounding environment gets onto the exterior of a pipe, it could cause trouble. In colder climates it could freeze on the exterior surface, which might cause cracks like you see in the pavement. Even without the cold, water will corrode uninsulated pipes over time.
  • Inefficiency – Uninsulated pipes cost more to run water through. Not only will proper insulation prevent loss of heat and reduce the energy needs of your water heater, it can also protect the overall thermal efficiency of your home.

Can I Insulate Pipes Myself?

Unlike the insulation you might be familiar with for attics, walls, or other parts of the house, insulation for pipes has to be more precise. The precision is a factor when it comes to fitting the material snug against the pipes and joints. If there is space between the insulation and the pipes, then it will still open the pipes up to our listed threats.

So long as you have access to the pipes and have accurate precision measurements of their diameter, you should be able to purchase the size of insulation you need. You should also purchase vapor dams/seals for joints and ends. Actual installation procedures depend on the type of insulation you buy, but you should always make sure the exterior pipe surface is clean.
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