Water Pipes: Should They Be Insulated?

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For most homeowners, deciding whether their homes’ hot water pipes should be insulated is a fairly easy decision. When you can have effective insulating pipe sleeves for a few dollars, it is hard to resist the simple energy savings that will eventually pay off for the years to come. However, not all homeowners know about this simple, efficiency-booster – or even the reasons why you might want to insulate your cold-water pipes, too.


Some Prefer It Hot

Insulating your hot water pipes helps keep your hot water hot. If, for instance, you have a traditional tank water heater, then you are already paying to keep hot water on standby. With insulated pipes, the hot water waiting in your pipes tend to have a slower cool down time.


Quality insulation adds a few degrees to the actual temperature of your household water, so if you like having hot water when you are showering or washing the dishes, then pipe insulation is worth it. In addition, it also helps save water because it shortens the time it takes for hot water to come out of your fixtures.


Some Prefer It Cold

In cold water pipes, there is no heat to preserve, so it might not make immediate sense why you should insulate them. If, however, you are going to the trouble of insulating your hot water pipes, then you should also add insulation your cold-water pipes. If your cold-water pipes run through areas of your home that lack climate control, then you are also running the risk of having frozen pipes in winter. This can eventually cause a big mess and an even bigger repair expense. However, simple insulation can prevent this from happening.


During the summer, cold-water pipes might be exposed to outdoor heat, which might transfer to your cold-water supply. So, unless you want your cold-water tap pouring warm water all throughout the summer, pipe insulation can definitely help you prevent this from happening as well


In addition, insulated cold-water pipes can also avoid condensation. In areas with high-humidity environments, metal pipes that are filled with cold water can become covered in condensation. As those droplets collect, they will fall onto whatever lies underneath. If you are storing valuables in your basement beneath uninsulated water pipes, then this moisture could produce disastrous results.


DIY or Full Service

While installing your own water pipe insulation might seem simple – you just have to purchase sleeves, cut them to length, and secure them in place with tape – there are still some hard-to-reach areas of pipes that is best dealt with by a licensed, experienced plumber. The reliable plumbers of Hayes Plumbing are just a call away! Have us deal with your plumbing concerns anytime!

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