Pre-Insulated Pipe Systems: The Answer to Unexpected Cold Spells Down South
Don’t think your home needs pre-insulated pipe systems? Think again.
There’s a commonly held notion that homeowners living in northern regions are more at risk for frozen pipes than those of us living here in Midtown, or anywhere else across the southern U.S. But the truth is that plumbing pipes in southern regions are more likely to freeze or burst because there has been less attention paid to preventing it from happening.
When most plumbing systems were laid down in the South, people didn’t think about the possibility that they’d freeze. In the North, city planners have strategically placed plumbing systems to bypass the problem as much as possible.
Building a New Home?
To avoid frozen pipes, consider using pre-insulated pipe systems when building or remodeling your home. Pre-insulated pipe systems are easy to understand. They employ a high-quality insulation in the construction of the pipe itself, so that the final product consists of insulation on the outside of the pipe and cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) on the inside.
These pipes will do more than simply retain heat to avoid freezing. They also offer a few additional benefits, including:
- Less heat loss. When hot water arrives at your faucet, the pre-insulated pipe systems help to more easily maintain the water temperature. You’ll spend less on water-heating costs, too.
- Less chance for leaks, since the long pipes employed use fewer connections.
- Less wear and tear. The pipes resist corrosion, so they’re ideal to use no matter the type of soil.
Need to Protect Your Existing Home?
Replacing all the plumbing pipes in your home is generally a costly project. You can get protection against frozen pipes, however, by installing pipe insulation. You can buy pipe insulation at a local home-improvement store. Wrap the insulation around the pipe and then seal it.
Here are a few other tips to use when extreme temperatures hit Midtown:
- Maintain your home’s interior temperature so that the pipes continue to receive heat.
- Open cabinets under faucets by exterior walls to let heat circulate around them.
Do you have questions about the health of your plumbing system? Do you worry that your pipes are susceptible to freezing? Get answers to your most pressing plumbing, heating and cooling questions from the experts at Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.