4 Steps for a DIY Pipe Insulation

Insulating your plumbing system is easy when you follow these 4 steps for a successful DIY pipe insulation project.
Thursday, 05 January 2017

Winter is coming fast.

Once the snow and ice arrives, household plumbing systems will be under enormous pressure to operate well regardless of the low temperatures. Winter brings dozens of challenges, but one of the most common plumbing problems is frozen pipes. Every year, Colorado Springs residents struggle with frozen drains, showers, and sinks – thankfully, freezing pipes are something that can be prevented with the right preparation. 

Four Steps for a Simple DIY Pipe Insulation.

Locate Unexposed Pipes

Unlike exposed plumbing, unexposed pipes are located in unheated areas of the home. Some of the most common areas to find unexposed pipes include the garage, crawl spaces, and attic. 

Pick Your Insulation 

There are dozens of plumbing insulation products on the market, but here are a few that are commonly used for DIY projects: 

  • Pipe Covers: Available in a variety of materials and temperature ratings, pipe covers fit over your plumbing and are relatively easy to install. Some of the most popular pipe covers include fiberglass, foam, and rubber.
  • Self-Sealing Foam: If you need an affordable insulation that you can install yourself, a self-sealing foam strip may be the right choice.
  • Pipe Heat Cables: Technology is slowly making its mark on the plumbing industry. Pipe heat cables are great for use on cold water lines made of plastic or metal. Perfect for west-side homes that are exposed to more icy conditions, these plug-in cables can protect your pipes in weather that drops down to -35 degrees. They can be used as a permanent or temporary solution unexposed frozen pipes. 

Note: Spray foam is becoming one of the more popular ways to insulate pipes and seal air pocket and is suggested to improve a home’s energy efficiency up to 20% when installed strategically. Unlike the other types of insulation listed above, spray foam must be installed by a professional agency.

Have Your Pipes Inspected

Whether you do this yourself or enlist the help of a professional, having your pipes inspected for existing leaks or other small problems before freezing temperatures arrive is a must. Even the best pipe insulation won’t work if there’s a larger issue with your home’s plumbing system. 

Set a Time to Install your Insulation 

Set aside a few hours during your weekend to complete the project. Be sure to check the specifications on the insulation you plan to use to find out what kind of tools (if any) will be needed to complete the project. 

If you plan on using a contractor: If outsourcing the insulation project to a professional is a better choice for you and your family, be sure to schedule your insulation appointment before freezing temperatures hit the Pikes Peak region. 

Frozen pipes can stop you from completing every day tasks cooking, cleaning, and showering. Protecting your pipes from freezing conditions is essential for Colorado Springs residents, and a simple DIY pipe insulation is one of the most effective ways to defend your water line from frozen temperatures. If you have any questions about winter plumbing tips for the Colorado Springs region or would like professional help in preparing your home for winter, contact us today.  

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