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With winter in full swing, it is past time to make sure your outdoor water pipes are doing well. One way to protect your pipes is by insulating them from the extreme temperatures of the winter. If you have ever experienced a pipe burst, then you know how devastating the resulting damage can be.Insulating pipes can prevent water from freezing, expanding, and bursting through pipes. In this article, we will go over some methods to insulate your outdoor water pipes. If you have any questions or if you would like to hire an experienced plumber, then feel free to call your friendly professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey for expert assistance.
Which Pipes Should You Insulate?
We mentioned outdoor water pipes, but, in reality, any pipe that is exposed to the harsh winter weather should be insulated. This includes pipes in unheated spaces such as the garage, attic, basement, crawl space, and exterior walls.
Foam Pipe Sleeves
We like foam pipe sleeves because they are affordable and easy to install. This method is recommended for longer, straight pipes as most foam pipe sleeves are available in increments of six feet length. Installation is simple. Measure the pipe and cut the sleeve to fit exactly the pipe’s length. You may need to use multiple sleeves for especially long pipes. Position the sleeve along the pipe, open the sleeve slit, and slide it over the pipe to cover the pipe. Then, seal the opening at the sleeve slit with an adhesive or duct tape.
Pipe Wrap Insulation
Pipe wrap insulation is also easy to install and is useful for shorter and smaller pipes. You can buy these at your local hardware store. It is essentially an insulation tape. Attach the loose end of the wrap on one end of the pipe and wrap around in spiraling loops until the entire pipe is covered. Then, cut the end of the insulating wrap when you have covered the whole pipe.
BONUS: Outdoor Faucet Covers
Covering outdoor faucets can protect the connected pipes as well as the faucet itself from freezing. Head over to your local hardware store and purchase an outdoor faucet cover or order one online. Installation is straight forward. Remove any hose and put it in a safe spot. Place the rubber loop of the cover over the spigot and position the cover over the spigot. Then, tighten the slide lock to keep the cover in place. Try to minimize the air gaps in the cover.
You Can Count on Mr. Rooter Plumbing
If the damage has been done or if you prefer to have a local plumber professionally insulate your pipes, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey. Our certified plumbers can stop by on day one and inspect your system then make necessary repairs or adjustments. We are proudly available all hours of the day and all days of the year, so do not hesitate to call. Our live representatives are on standby to take your call now.