Should You Insulate Your Water Pipes?

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Insulating their water pipes is not a tricky decision for most home-owners. The amount of money they save on energy in the long haul is just too hard to resist. Our plumbing business in Salt Lake City, Utah, has come across countless home-owners that don’t know the value of insulating their pipes. Or how economical this process is.

Pipe Insulation for Hot-Water Pipes

Many of us enjoy extra hot showers to give us a jolt of energy in the mornings. If this applies to you, then you’d be glad to know that high-quality pipe insulation makes your household’s water a few degrees hotter.

Insulation also helps water preservation, as it won’t take as long for your water to reach your desired temperature once you open a faucet.

But there’s more. If you’ve ever heard a loud knocking sound while your water runs, your metal pipes might expand because of the heat. This can be annoying, but luckily, pipe insulation is a solution.

Pipe Insulation for Cold Water Pipes

Because there’s no hot water to preserve in cold water pipes, most home-owners find it insensible to insulate them.

However, if you’re going to insulate your hot-water pipes, it only costs a few extra bucks to insulate your cold-water pipes. The extra amount may be worth it, as insulating cold water pipes is beneficial.

If any of your cold-water pipes run through areas of your home that lack temperature control, there is a risk of those pipes freezing during Winter. Freezing pipes cause a colossal mess, and not to mention the severe water damage that will cost a fortune to repair. Instead, insulation is a quick, affordable way to avoid frozen pipes.

Do you want boiling water to flow out of your cold-water pipes during the Summer? No! So, get your cold-water pipes insulated. This can prevent any section of the pipes exposed to outdoor heat from heating the water inside it.

If you live in a high-humidity environment insulating your cold-water pipes are a brilliant choice. This is to prevent condensation. Metal cold water pipes will become covered in condensation if your environment is very humid.

The problem persists as the droplets from the cold-water pipes will fall on whatever is underneath them. If you have valuable items underneath your cold-water pipes, move them!


DIY or A Full Service for Installing Insulation? 

Some things in life you can effortlessly do yourself and insulating pipes is one of them.

Simply buy the insulation sleeves, cut them down to size, and secure them using tape. But if there are any hard-to-reach sections or you’re having trouble getting the insulation done, it’s always best to reach out to a professional plumber.

Call us today, and we can gladly help insulate your water pipes!

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