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Water Pipe Insulation

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

We’re sure that nobody wants to acknowledge it yet, but winter is coming. With winter comes freezing temperatures which can be dangerous for your water pipes (in businesses and in homes). That is why it is so important to insulate your water pipes - it can save you from dealing with replacing damaged pipes, and it can save you from having to deal with unexpected water damage. There are a few different ways that you can insulate your water pipes. Here are some of them:

  • Strips of pipe wrap
    • Comes in the form of flexible foam with rubber backing tape, foam-and-foil pipe insulation, bubble-film pipe wrap, foil-backed natural cotton, and rubber pipe insulation tape. This is one of the most common ways to insulate your pipes.
  • Foam pipe sleeves
    • This is a good option for insulating longer runs of straight pipe. Sleeves can be made in varying diameters and be made of either foam or rubber insulation.
  • Using faucet covers on outdoor spigots
    • Faucet covers help to prevent the water left in spigots or the pipes leading to them from freezing and cracking the pipes. It also prevents the freezing temperatures from spreading too far into the indoor pipes.
  • Insulating gaps where pipes penetrate walls
    • This can be done with foam caulk rope, loosely packed fiberglass insulation, or expanding foam. Insulating gaps is just as important as insulating anything else.

There is always more you can do, but this is a great place to start. Keep your pipes from freezing, and you’ll be well on your way to avoiding major water damage when the snow starts to fall.

If you do experience water damage as winter approaches, call your local SERVPRO®  for the cleanup and restoration:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073


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