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Insulating your pipes is one of the most essential chores to take care of before winter kicks in. This solution stops your pipes from freezing and helps you keep your energy bills down. And since doing it yourself can be time-consuming, you can use Airtasker to book a local pipe insulation expert instead.
When you book a pipe insulation service through Airtasker, you get a convenient, reliable, and affordable way to keep your pipes safe. Using our platform means you no longer need to request quotes from multiple websites or comb through tons of recommendations on online forums. With just one quick post, you can get dozens of offers in a matter of minutes!
Airtasker also lets you customize your requests according to your needs. Let’s say you want to insulate your indoor pipes yourself; You can book a Tasker to insulate your outdoor pipes only! Or you can ask the pipe insulation specialist to simply buy the tools and materials. Your pipe insulation work can be a breeze with a highly rated Tasker to do it for you.
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Top Pipe Insulation related questions
How do you insulate a pipe?
To insulate pipes, start by measuring your pipes’ length and diameter. Then, you’ll need to buy insulating materials that you can either wrap or fit onto each section. While you can do all this by yourself, it can take a lot of time, especially if you have no prior experience with pipe insulation. You can better protect your pipes and avoid mid-winter repair jobs by hiring a Tasker to do it for you.
Does PEX pipe need to be insulated?
Yes, especially if the temperatures in your location typically drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Plumbers often recommend using foam pipe insulation for PEX pipes, but feel free to ask a Tasker what would work best for your needs and budget.
Can Taskers also do waterproofing?
Some Taskers may be able to do both pipe insulation and waterproofing. But it’s not a guarantee that a Tasker can do both services. If you need to wrap your pipes in time for winter AND waterproof your home, you can always create two separate tasks on our platform. Simply create one task for pipe insulation and another one for waterproofing your home.
How do you insulate outdoor water pipes?
Exterior pipe insulation starts with measuring pipe lengths and diameters. Then, polyethylene sleeves are wrapped around each pipe. The specialist can cut these sleeves to suit your pipes and secure them using duct tape or cable ties.
How thick should my pipe insulation be?
It all depends on how thick your pipes are. Pipes that are 3 inches thick or less need around 1” of insulation. Meanwhile, pipes that are 3 to 6 inches thick need 1 - 1.5” of insulation. If you have thick pipes, say 8 inches or larger, it’s best to get pipe insulation that’s 1.5 - 2” thick. Don’t want to do the measuring yourself? You can always book a Tasker to do the measuring and insulating for you.
What do pipe insulation services include?
As the cold weather sets in, it’s essential to keep your home warm and energy-efficient. Some of the best ways to do that are to insulate your pipes and get double glazing for your windows.
Not only does pipe insulation help you save on energy and utility bills, but it also spares you from the hassle of a frozen pipe and a need for repairs. Good thing you can quickly get pipe insulation done with the help of a specialist near you! When you book a pipe insulation service through Airtasker, you can typically expect the Tasker to do the following:
Measure and purchase pipe insulation materials
A pipe insulation job usually begins with the Tasker surveying the exterior and interior pipes that need insulating. They may check each pipe’s purpose and thickness, then shop for appropriate insulation materials on your behalf. If you plan to buy the pipe wrap or sleeves yourself, you can ask your Tasker for their recommendations.
Water pipe insulation
Insulating your plumbing includes checking for pipes in unheated crawl spaces, exterior walls, floor cavities, and the like. Both hot and cold water pipes need insulation since even hot water pipes can freeze when not in use. The pipe insulation specialist will typically take care of this by using foam, rubber, fiberglass, or foil pipe wrap. Or, they can use foam pipe sleeves that are already cut to fit your pipes. The key is to seal any entry points for cold air and moisture. The Tasker should take special care around any angles or joints in the pipework.
While you’re busy checking your plumbing, make sure your water heater is in tip-top shape! Avoid cold showers by getting your water heater maintained by a specialist near you.
HVAC pipe insulation
Usually, the Tasker starts off by checking for leaks in the ductwork. They’ll repair these, then proceed to heating pipe insulation. HVAC ducts require foil or faced fiberglass insulation, plus metallic foil duct tape. The Tasker will cut the insulation to size with a utility knife. Then, they’ll fit each piece around the duct, using tape to hold it in place. Every seam must be secured to prevent moisture and condensation on the ductwork.
Steam pipe insulation
Insulating steam pipes reduces heat loss and increases safety since these things can get extremely hot! Depending on how thick your pipes are, the Tasker may use polyethylene, neoprene foam, fiberglass, foil-encased bubble wrap, spray-on ceramic coatings, or even closed-cell rubber insulation. These insulation materials can come in sleeve or wrap form.
The Tasker usually starts by checking for leaks or valve problems. They’ll repair these before insulating your pipes since leaks or moisture can affect the insulation.
Once your pipes are in good shape, the insulation specialist will secure the material onto your steam pipes. The Tasker should check every inch and angle of your steam pipes to maximize the impact of your insulation.