You might be want to try DIY pipe insulation only because many professional plumbers charge high for their services. And you may consider why pay them if you can do it yourself? Times are hard and the money you will use to cover the professional fees may be put to better use instead. Also, learning the DIY or do-it-yourself method will benefit you in the long run. The skill will come in handy as there might be other times when the pipes at home will break down again.
You know, winter time brings an increased demand in hot water. People will sometimes notice that the initial flow of water is cold even if the heater is on. The reason behind this is that the pipes are surrounded by cold temperature. In places that even snow, it becomes more troublesome when water inside the pipes freezes. However, pipe insulation solves both these problems. Learn a few tips below on how to insulate your water pipes yourself if you cannot afford a plumber.
Using a marker pen, mark which parts of the pipe will be insulated. Measure the dimensions of the area. Before insulating, check carefully that there are no leakages. If there are, fix this first before continuing the insulation.
Decide what type of pipe insulation you will use. There are many different materials available and it will all boil down to your budget and preference. Just make sure that upon insulating, you do it properly so that no area on the pipe is left without insulation cover. Otherwise, it is easy for heat to escape even if only a small area is left uncovered.
For pipe insulation, one of the most common materials used is foam. This is a special type of foam that is pre-formed and molded already, and is available in different sizes and lengths. When installing, check that the inner and outer diameters of the foam are almost the same in size. At the very least, the inner diameter should be slightly greater than the outer diameter. The idea is to create a closure so that cool air will not be trapped between the pipes and the foam.
After buying the materials you need, clean the pipes first before starting to install. Run your hands on the pipe to make sure that there is no dampness or oil forming on the exterior, because insulation will stick better if the pipes are completely dry. When installing, simply wrap the foam around while checking not to leave any part uncovered. Cut the bends at 45 degrees angle. Secure the foams with acrylic tape or duct tape. You can also use wires or clamps instead of tapes on your pipe insulation.