As we approach the cold winter months, it’s the perfect time to consider adding insulation around your plumbing pipes. This simple and effective upgrade increases safety and energy savings for your entire home and is relatively quick to complete. There are multiple options when it comes to selecting plumbing pipe insulation, and an overview of each option will help you determine which type will make the most sense for your home. First, let’s look at the benefits of insulating your pipes:

From improving energy efficiency to providing homeowners with peace of mind, here are the main benefits of plumbing pipe insulation:

  • Regulates pipes temperatures
  • Minimizes condensation
  • Stops rust, corrosion, and leaks
  • Reduces noise
  • Improves home safety and efficiency
  • Prevents freezing and bursting

How it Works

In the most basic terms, the purpose of installing insulation around your plumbing pipes is to prevent damage. Pipe damage is caused by expansion and corrosion, so keeping your pipes at a level temperature and away from excess moisture is key.

When your pipes are exposed to humidity, condensation forms on the exterior of the pipe. After time, the condensation creates rust which makes the pipe corrode and leak. And pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures and are uninsulated have a greater risk of having water inside freeze and expand, causing pipes to burst.

Insulation materials act as a barrier between the pipe and the environment, preventing the condensation from ever forming or water from freezing in the first place.

Types of Piping Insulation

Selecting the right type of insulation for your pipes depends on your pipe size, location, and needs. Here are a few of the most common types of pipe insulation:

Polyethylene Foam:
This is the most efficient type of insulation and is also the easiest to install. It comes with a pre-cut slit and slides directly onto the pipe.

If you’re looking to install water line insulation, rubber is a great solution. It’s a popular choice for both interior and exterior pipes because of its durability.

Fiberglass is a top choice for those that live in cold climates or those that have noisy pipes.

Insulating your pipes is a small upgrade that makes a big difference! Doing so will ensure that your pipes are safe from rust, corrosion, and leaks, giving them a longer lifespan and adding value to your home. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is protected from water damage due to worn pipes.

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