As the temperature continues to fall throughout the winter season, your home will become a plumbing disaster just waiting to happen if you have not taken the time out to ensure your pipes are properly insulated. This is because as the water inside your pipes begins to freeze, the metal pipes used to carry this water will expand. When the pipes reach a point that they are no longer able to expand in order to accommodate the freezing water inside, they will burst, causing a flood of water to take over your home. Thankfully, you can avoid this type of expensive plumbing repair by taking just a few minutes to learn how to insulate your pipes against freezing temperatures and then put this new knowledge to work in your home.
Step 1: Clean Your Pipes
Insulation sticks best to pipes that are free of grime and other debris. Therefore, you will need to take the time out to wipe down each of the pipes you will be insulating with a clean rag and a gentle cleanser. Be sure that the cleanser you choose does not contain any acidic ingredients, as these substances can cause the metal on your pipes to corrode.
Once you have removed all of the debris from the outside of your pipes, be sure to allow ample time for the surface to dry before installing the insulation. This will prevent moisture from becoming trapped between the pipe and insulation and ultimately leading to the growth of mold and mildew.
Step 2: Wrap Pipe With Fiberglass Insulation
Begin by securing your fiberglass insulation to the end of your pipe using a generous amount of waterproof duct tape. Next, work your way down the entire pipe, wrapping the insulation around it just as you would wrap a string of lights around the columns on the front of your home. Once you reach the end of the pipe, simply cut the insulation batt and secure the end with another piece of waterproof duct tape. Repeat this step on each of the pipes that require insulation.
Step 3: Apply The Finishing Touches
If your pipes make use of joints or curves, you will need to cover the insulation in these areas with duct tape in order to keep it in place. You may also wish to add a few pieces of duct tape around the opening where the pipe enters the wall or ceiling. This will help to provide additional protection against extreme temperatures in the areas where your pipes are most vulnerable.
If your pipes are located in an area of the home that is at high risk for condensation, such as the basement or attic, you may also wish to cover your insulation with a layer of plastic wrap. This will help to hold in the heat surrounding your pipes and prevent your pipes from dripping condensation on your walls or floors.
For more information, contact L L Climatic Insulation Ltd. or a similar company.