There are several great reasons why you should insulate your plumbing pipes. Installing your own water pipe insulation is typically as easy as purchasing sleeves, cutting them to length and securing them in place using tape. However, some hard-to-reach areas of pipe may require a licensed, experienced plumber.
The following are the 3 benefits of insulating your pipes:
- Saves money. Insulating pipes which run through unheated space will result in substantial savings in your energy bill. For example, insulated hot water plumbing pipes lose less heat when hot water is transferred from the water heater to the faucet. On the other hand, insulating cold water pipes helps prevent cold water from becoming warm as it travels from the storage tank to the faucet.
- Prevents cracked pipes. Insulation helps prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting in the event they are exposed to below freezing temperatures. Cracked pipes can result in costly damage and extensive home repairs.
- Mitigates condensation. Insulating pipes helps eliminate or reduce condensation which can cause corrosion of copper pipes and their fixtures which hold them in place. When warm moist air comes in contact with cold pipes, small droplets of water can form on the surface of the pipes. These droplets can rust the pipes and fixtures.