How to Insulate Hot Water Pipes

Insulating Water Pipes

Tips for Insulating Water Pipes by True Value

Insulating your hot water pipes is an inexpensive project that can reduce heat loss, raise water temperature, conserve water and ensure that you won’t have to wait as long for a hot shower in the morning.

That’s the value of heating things up.

First you need to measure your pipes. Starting at the water heater, measure the length of insulation needed to cover all accessible hot water pipes, especially the first three feet of pipe from the water heater.

how-to-insulate-pipesOnce you know how much you need determine which type of material you want to use. Most local True Value hardware stores carry a variety of pipe insulation products.

Ask the True Value Hardwarian if you need help choosing.

Neoprene or polyethylene pipe sleeves are the most commonly used insulation for electric water heaters. For a gas water heater, a fiberglass pipe wrap can be used. If you’ll be using fiberglass insulation make sure to wear gloves and long sleeves.

insulating-water-pipesFor this example we’ll be using polyethylene pipe sleeves. Cut the pipe sleep to the required length. Place the pipe sleeve over the pipe with the seam facing down.

Once in place secure the sleeve with duct tape or cable ties every few feet.

That’s it! Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwarians for help.

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