Before winter hits, make sure all your pipes are properly insulated against the cold weather – a burst pipe can cause serious damage. (Check out these three signs of frozen pipes so you know what to watch for this winter.)
If you’re insulating your water pipes on your own, use these tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Water Pipe Insulation Tips
Look at R-Value
R-value represents the resistance of heat flow. In plain English, the higher a R-value is, the greater its insulating power is. When you’re choosing insulation for your water pipes, look for high R-value. It’s not always printed on the packaging, though, so you might have to do a little research on your own.
Clean the Pipes Before You Insulate Them
Remove dirt, dust and grease from pipes before you insulate them, even if it’s not self-adhesive. The cleaner the exterior of the pipes are, the better the insulation can work. If you’re using self-adhesive insulation, this is even more important.
Examine Insulation Frequently
Check on insulation at least every year – and do it more often if you can. Your water pipes need to be completely covered, but sometimes adhesives come loose; the sooner you fix it, the better, because a burst pipe can cause serious damage to your home and your belongings.
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