One of the aspects of owning a home which very few people think about is pipe insulation and the importance thereof. Realistically speaking, many builders do not even consider pipe insulation. Not equipping a new or refurbished home with pipe insulation is the first and easiest way for builders and homeowners to save on building and renovation costs.
The truth is, without proper pipe insulation you as a homeowner could be spending double and even triple on your home than what you would have if you simply installed it from the start. It is arguably one of the most important aspects of the infrastructure of your home. Insulating pipes guarantee that the lifespan of the pipes will be increased. This is because insulation of the pipes protects them from damage due to weather.
While you are easily able to install your own pipe insulation or lagging it is recommended that you hire a professional to assist you. Here are the 4 most important things every homeowner need to know about pipe insulation or lagging:
Cold and freezing temperatures are the most common and biggest threat to pies which have not been insulated. This happens when the stagnant water in the pipes freezes overnight. When water freezes it expands and this means that the water frozen in the pipes will also expand. During this expansion, tiny crack form along the pipes. Over time these tiny cracks can lead to burst pipes and possible home flooding.
It is for this reason that any pipes which may be exposed to the elements are insulated correctly. This is especially true if you are currently living in an area which experiences temperatures which fall below freezing every year. Also, be sure to check that pipes in your basement and other areas are also insulated.
It is a well-known fact that insulated pipes reduce the energy consumption of a home. As the costs of living increase, everyone is looking to save money and the best way to do that is to cut down on your energy costs. Additionally, lower energy costs also mean a smaller environmental footprint for your home. Pipe lagging and insulation limits the loss of heat from pipes.
When pipes are not insulated, they produce condensation. This condensation can quickly freeze over once the pipes begin to cool. Once the pipes heat up again this condensation melts and the water will fall onto the surface below. While the effects thereof won’t be seen immediately, over time the surface below will be susceptible to mold and damp. Both of these are damaging and costly to repair.
In the past, the biggest issue most people have had with insulation was ensuring that it stays dry. But as technologies advanced new materials were used which do not allow for moisture build-up. Newer insulation materials provide for better moisture retention and moisture flow to prevent damage to homes.