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Insulation Options for Your Pipes

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11/12/2017



Insulation Options for Your Pipes

Frozen pipes are bad. Water expands as it solidifies, which means it will take up more and more space as it turns into ice. This can be a colossal amount of pressure to the pipes which could result to a small trickle to a crack running the length of the pipe. You should be cautious of frozen pipes especially if your home’s plumbing system has not been updated for years. The pipes may not be able to stand the pressure, burst and the leak can flood your home. Although the insurance company can shoulder the restoration, that’s still an immense inconvenience.

In case a frozen pipe is spotted, contact a find a local plumber who can thaw it right away to prevent pressure buildup and to lessen chances of burst pipes.

Insulating water pipes is the best way to prevent this. Focus on exposed pipes around your home to avoid costly repairs and lots of troubles. Various insulation types are available, take a glimpse at the most common options:

Pipe-Wrap Insulation

A traditional way to keep the pipes protected by the frost is by wrapping it with insulation. The wrap insulation can be made of plastic, fibreglass, rubber, foiled-back fibreglass, or foiled back natural cotton.

This type of insulation is easy to install. Wrap the pipe and duct tape the ends, leaving an ½” overlap. Make sure to cover the pipe completely for efficient insulation.

Tubular Sleeve Insulation

Pipe wrap insulation can be considered for short pipes, but it’s not a practical option if you’re dealing with lengthy pipes.

Tubular sleeves are at least 6 feet long tubes, allowing you to cover a great length swiftly. These tubes can be made of rubber of foam, and both are commonly a self-sealing.

It’s fairly easy to install tuber sleeves. Since it is a tube, you can simply split both ends open, slide the tube into a pipe and duct-tape the ends to close the gap.

For a quicker turnaround, use self-sealing sleeves. Simply trim the sleeves to fit the length of the pipe. Tradespeople Perth advise to still duct-tape the ends for added security. Duct taping the seams on a periodic basis is also wise to create a seal in case the adhesives of the sleeve gives up

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