The Pros and Cons of Installing Foam Pipe Insulation

Variations Of Foam Pipe Insulation

With the eco-friendly movement growing so rapidly in popularity, homeowners are looking for affordable and manageable ways to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. One way to cut the energy needed for your hot water requirements is to install foam pipe insulation on all of your hot water pipes. While this task is much easier to accomplish before construction on your home finishes, you can still benefit from the installation during a remodel or just in areas where pipes are exposed like your basement or crawlspace.

There are over 12 different types of pipe insulation, but most people use one of two kinds. Fiberglass pipe insulation was popular in years past and benefits from being flame retardant. However, the foil backed fiberglass tubes are more difficult to cut, bend, and install than the foam alternatives. Foam pipe insulation is the preferred pipe insulation by most contractors because it is effective, easy to cut, and bends well around corners and angles. Pipe insulation is installed by inserting the pipes into the pre-cut slit that runs down the length of the tube, and then sealed permanently with the self applied adhesive.

What Benefits To Expect

The advantages of foam pipe insulation, similar to soundproof drywall, are instant and noticeable. Immediately after installing your pipe insulation, you can expect to notice a few things:

  • More Hot Water – You can expect a rise in water temperature of about 2-3 degrees as soon as you install pipe insulation in your home. This means your hot water heater has to work less, lowering your energy bills.
  • Faster Temperature – Even after you shut off the shower, the water will remain hot in the pipes for hours and hours. The benefit being when you go to take your next shower, the temperature is achieved faster, wasting less cold water down the drain, saving you money.