Insulating Your Pipes: A Primer

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Insulating Your Pipes: A Primer

11 May 2016
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As the cold winter months come in, it's important to take any precaution you can against the possibility of frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, and burst pipes can lead to a hefty amount paid out of pocket for repairs. Throughout the course of this brief guide, you'll learn a bit about insulating your pipes and why it is a good idea.

Saving Money

Insulating your pipes is an inexpensive way to prevent you from having to spend far more cash down the road. First and foremost, any precaution you take against your pipes bursting is going to save you money. Fixing pipes that are damaged in such a way means that you will have to pay a professional plumber an ample amount to fix this vexing and serious problem. Second of all, you will save money due to the fact that your pipes won't have to work quite as hard to heat your water. This means that your monthly utility bill will be significantly less.

Doing It Yourself

One of the advantages of insulating your pipes is that it's an incredibly easy DIY job. You won't have to worry about paying a hefty insulation fee to install insulation on your pipes and it won't take much time out of your day, either. Simply check the areas where you can easily install insulation on your pipes. Namely, be on the lookout for any exposed piping or piping that resides under your sink. Pipe insulation can easily wrap around exposed piping, and you should be done within a matter of minutes. Take the time to add a bit more insulation to the joints and flashing of your piping and voila! You're finished!

Preserving Your Piping

Insulating your pipes can save them during the winter months. The fact of the matter is you don't want your pipes to break, as this will cause you a considerable amount of headache and worry, not to mention the costs involved in replacing damaged pipes. Insulation can also prevent your pipes from receiving water damage, especially as winter transitions into spring. The insulation can easily absorb the excess water and moisture that resides on the pipes after a freezing session. If left on the pipe itself, it can eventually cause rust.

If your pipes have received water damage or burst due to freezing, it is highly recommended that you call on the services of a local professional plumber like Blackburn Bennett Plumbing & Heating Inc to rectify the issue.