There are several great reasons for insulating the water supply pipes in your home. Homes which are fitted with external pipes could suffer big financial losses in colder winter months. Un-Insulated water pipes run the risk of exploding and freezing. This will result in your home being flooded in winter. Having your home flood in winter can cause thousands in damage.
Insulating your water pipes can also save you money on energy costs. This is because an insulated pipe will not lose heat. Heat loss in pipes is one of the main contributing factors for high energy bills during the winter months. Additionally, insulating cold water pipes will prevent the pipes from sweating and this will reduce humidity levels in your home.
Which pipes do I insulate?
Deciding on which water pipes to insulate with Armacell will be dependent on what you hope to achieve by insulating the pipes. If you are hoping to prevent the freezing of pipes then you need to insulate all the pipes that run through any unheated spaces. These spaces will include exterior walls, garages, and in-floor cavities. Another great area to look at is insulating the pipes which run through any unheated crawlspaces or in the attic. For the most part, you do not have to insulate any pipes which already run inside walls.
If your goal will be to lower the overall costs for energy in your home then you will need to insulate pipes wherever you get access to them. This will help you stop heat radiating out of and away from the pipes. If you are not losing heat through the pipes then you might also be able to lower the temperature of your geyser.
If you are hoping to eliminate pipe sweating and in house humidity, then you will need to find and insulate most of your cold water pipes. When cold water pipes are exposed and come into contact with warm or humid air they will start to form condensation. This condensation may form puddles on your floor and could also increase the humidity of your home.
When you are looking to insulate the pipes in your home here are a few ways in which you could go about it:
• Using strips of pipe wrap
• Pipe sleeves made from foam
• Insulation in the wall
• Investing in frost-proof spigots for outdoors
When to use pipe wrap:
One of the most common ways to insulate a pip is through a pipe wrap. You will be able to find these in a range of materials to suit your budget and preference. One of the most commonly used materials for this insulation is called flexible foam and is best used on smaller sections of pipe or on sections of pipe which bends often.
When to use a foam sleeve
This will be used on long stretches of piping. These pipes would need to be straight. The pipe sleeves are available in long lengths to enable a person to cover a lot of ground fast.