Three Ways to Insulate Pipes in Unheated Areas of Your Home

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During cold times of the year, pipes that are located in unheated areas of your home may become frozen, which can lead to them bursting. When this happens, the water creates a very expensive mess that will have to be repaired right away. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent burst pipes by protecting them before the cold weather strikes. There are three commonly used measures that you can use to protect your pipes from freezing temperatures. 

Preformed Insulation

Preformed insulation is insulation that is designed to fit snugly around pipes to insulate them. The insulation is available in different sizes so you need to make sure that you take the time to measure the diameter of the pipes that you plan to cover with the insulation before you purchase it. Then, you simply slide the insulation around the pipes, remove the tabs covering the sticky adhesive on the open edges of the insulation, and push the edges together. They will stay secure until the insulation is cut loose from the pipes. You can leave the insulation in place unless the pipes need to be worked on directly. 

Aluminum Tape

Aluminum tape is an inexpensive insulation option to consider. The tape simply wraps around the pipes to create an insulated barrier. When wrapping the tape, it is important to overlap each wrap by roughly half an inch so that there are no openings in the wrapping when you are done. This will ensure that no areas of the pipes are exposed to the elements.

Heat Tape

Heat tape is a great option for areas that have a power supply located somewhere near them because the tape will be plugged in. The heat tape is designed to wrap around the pipe and be secured by small pieces of adhesive. The tape needs to be wrapped with a half an inch to an inch gap between each turn to ensure that the tape does not overlap itself. If it does, it could create a fire hazard. Look for heat tape that has a thermostat so that you can adjust the temperature as needed.

All of these insulation options are easy to use and very affordable options. If you do not feel this is a task you can do on your own, you can always buy the supplies and hire a plumber like those at The King's Helper to install them for you. This will ensure that the installation is done properly.

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