On your list of regular home maintenance chores, checking your water pipes will usually be on there twice every year. As the weather worms up you will probably be checking the water pipes that lead to your lawn or garden to make sure that they still work properly and as the weather cools off you will usually be checking those same pipes and taking precautions against the pipes freezing and breaking. But what about the pipes inside of your home, is there any maintenance that those routinely need? The answer is yes. By checking your exposed water pipe wrapping for wear and tear, gaps, and other types of damage at least once a year you can save your home from water damage while ensuring lower hot water energy costs.
Exposed water pipe wrapping can help insulate your pipes, keeping the heat in the water where you want it to be, and help reduce some of the costs associated with heating water in your home. This is usually recommended in addition to wrapping your water heater and making sure that you have the right sized water heater for your needs. By keeping the heat from your water in the pipes and in the water heater where it belongs, you will not have to crank up your air conditioning in the summer just to keep your home cool.
Wrapping your exposed water pipes can also help keep your pipes from building up sweat, which can lead to water damage in your home. This damage occurs when the sweat from your pipes starts to see into or drip onto your walls, floors, or insulation; and, can result in mold growth, rotting wood, rust, or other damage over time. When you are considering getting your exposed water pipes wrapped, you can find a lot of information online about the different products and services available. You should begin your research by comparing prices on the products and services offered by several insulation companies in your area. Do this research online or call each company for a price quote.
Some of the benefits of hiring a professional to help with your exposed water pipe wrapping include the fact that you do not have to worry about which kinds of wrapping are the easiest to install, or if you are doing it right. You can also usually get other insurance services done with the same visit such as having your insulation checked for damages and needed repairs, having an attic fan installed, upgrading your weather stripping, or even getting an energy audit for your whole home.