You might be wondering, why should I insulate my pipes? Well that’s a great question, and we are happy to answer. When water freezes, it expands and so does your pipes. Bursting, releasing water in the most inconvenient places. We can assume that you don’t want that, and we don’t want that to happen to you either.
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Insulating the hot water pipes in your house is something of importance. Pipe insulation is inexpensive, and the project is one that any homeowner could finish on a Saturday afternoon.
All you really need is pipe insulation and tape.
Whether to insulate the cold water pipes is less clear-cut. The project is still pretty inexpensive and easy — but does it have a point? Insulation retains heat, and these are cold water pipes. So why do it?
There are a few good reasons. If the basement or crawl space has un-insulated walls, insulated cold water pipes would be less prone to freezing in cold climates.
If the basement is conditioned space, an insulated cold water pipe won’t absorb heat. A fully taped and insulated cold water pipe won’t condense moisture on its surface.
If the basement space is insulated, cold water pipes may absorb heat. The basement air temperature would be in the high 50s while the cold water pipes would be 10-12 degrees colder.
If the pipes are left un-insulated, this would be a continual, low-level draw of heat from the building. Normally this might be too small to bother, but the cost of insulating pipes is so minimal it becomes worth discussing.
Check out this video by “This Old House” discussing how to wrap your pipes for the winter with a few extra helpful tips.
If the freezing weather bursts your pipes or for more helpful tips, call Campbell & Company. Our friendly, licensed technicians can fix your plumbing problem super quick!