Do you have noisy pipes in your house? Maybe you hear them groaning when you turn them off or on. This might be due to insufficient insulation.
In order to retain heat, and to stop the loud moaning or clanging noises your pipes are making, we have solutions.
Why Should I Insulate My Noisy Pipes?
There are a few reasons your pipes should be insulated.
- Having proper insulation on your pipes saves you money. Your energy bills can reflect whether or not your noisy pipes are well-insulated. When a pipe has insufficient insulation, it loses a lot of heat. Then, it requires more energy to heat up your water anytime you take a shower or wash your hands.
- Additionally, an insulated pipe will prevent condensation. When a pipe isn’t insulated enough, it sweats. When it sweats, it raises the humidity of your whole house. This makes your house extra hot in the summer months. If you run an air conditioner, it then has to work overtime to keep your home cool.
- Water pipes that run along exterior walls can quickly freeze during the cold winter months. When a pipe freezes, it bursts, which can lead to flooding. We’re here for all emergency situations, but before needing to call us, know that a frozen pipe can be prevented.
- Finally, by insulating your pipes, you’ll no longer hear the clanging and banging that’s waking you up in the middle of the night.
What Should I Do About My Noisy Pipes?
While we recommend you call Fite Plumbing at 317-271-5400 for help, we understand that some people like the DIY route for household projects. Perhaps you simply want to know how everything works. In either case, here are some tips for insulating your noisy pipes.
- Measure all your pipes and figure out which kind of insulation you need. For example, if you’re working on an electric water heater, you’ll likely want neoprene foam or polyethylene. You have to know the length of the pipe and the inside and outside diameter of the pipe. Insulation should be snug around the pipe.
- If you’ve got a gas water heater, though, your pipe insulation needs to be kept away from the flue (six to eight inches).
- Make sure you have everything you need before you get started.
- Your pipe insulation
- A tape measure
- Cable ties, duct tape, or aluminum foil for the pipe-wrap
- Gloves, long sleeve shirt, and pants
- Box cutter, scissors, or utility knife
- The final steps sound simple, but remember, it can be tricky if you aren’t sure what you’re doing. After measuring your pipes, you cut the insulation to the right length, put the insulation sleeve around the pipe, and then secure it using a cable tie or clamp every few feet.
Don’t wait for something to burst before getting your noisy pipes fixed. You can call us anytime, and we’ll be happy to help you fit the appropriate insulation onto your pipes to keep you safe from flooding and rising energy costs.
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