Pipe Insulation: Do You Need It?

Pipe Insulation: Do You Need It?

If the pipes in your plumbing system are not insulated, you are probably asking yourself do you need it. The easy answer is no, you don’t need it. But why would you need pipe insulation? There are many good reasons as to why you would need pipe insulation. Some building codes across the country actually mandate that all pipes within the building are insulated. To help you decide if pipe insulation is right for you and you need it, here are a few benefits you get from insulating your pipes:

Pipe Insulation: Do You Need It | York Plumbing & Drains in Winthrop MA

Cracked Pipes Prevention

A common problem with pipes is that they freeze and then crack. These small cracks get bigger and bigger and eventually the pipe bursts. When a pipe bursts, it can happen at any time. When you’re there, or when you’re not. If you’re not there and it happens, you will be coming home to your new, unwanted, indoor swimming pool. Insulation helps prevent pipes from being exposed to below freezing temperatures and reduces the chances of cracks forming. When water freezes, it expands and inside a pipe, it has nowhere to go. Thus the pipes crack, trying to give the water more room to expand. The pressure of expanding water increases until, finally, the pipe just bursts. When a pipe cracks, it’s usually along the length of the pipe, not just a single whole, meaning an entire section of piping needs to be replaced which can be costly for you.

Energy Efficient

Insulated pipes helps reduce your energy bill. How, do you ask? When hot water is running through the pipes, the insulation reduces the loss of heat as the water travels from the water heater to the faucet. Insulation also allows for hot water to get to the faucet quicker. You don’t have to waste water by running it, waiting for it to get hot. The same thing goes for cold water. Pipe insulation helps prevent cold water from heating up as it travels.

Condensation Reduction

Condensation on pipes can lead to copper corrosion of the pipes themselves, but also the fixtures holding them in place. When warm air comes in contact with cold plumbing pipes, condensation forms on the outside of the pipes which causes the fixtures to rust. Not only are the pipes and fixtures being damaged, the water droplets from the condensation can drip to the floor. This can cause water damage and the growth of mold or mildew. Pipe insulation can prevent this.

For more information about pipe insulation and do you need it, contact York Plumbing and Drains today at (781) 521-8164.

Plumbing Issues in Winthrop MA? Call York’s Plumbing and Drains!

Plumbing Issues in Winthrop MA? Call York’s Plumbing and Drains!

When you gotta go to the bathroom, you gotta go. You’re not thinking about how the plumbing system is working to keep your home free of harmful bacteria. But what if your plumbing decided to stop working? Imagine being stuck at a campsite where the only bathroom is a hole in the ground. It can get pretty disgusting. That’s what it would be like if you had plumbing issues in Winthrop MA. Call York’s Plumbing and Drains to keep your home from turning into an outdoor campsite.

Plumbing Issues in Winthrop MA? Call York's Plumbing and Drains

Understanding Plumbing Services

Here at York Plumbing and Drains, we understand that your plumbing system isn’t constantly on your mind. It’s something that is a part of your home and you really only think about it when a toilet gets backed up, a drain is clogged, or a pipe is leaky or, even worse, bursts. It’s okay that you don’t think about your plumbing. That’s what we’re here for. We serve the Greater Boston, Metro West and Northshore and if you have plumbing issues in Winthrop Ma, call us today! We’re dedicated to providing the best and most understanding plumbing services in all of MA.

What We Offer

Like any plumbing and drain company, we offer regular plumbing services that range from unclogging drains to repairing leaky or burst pipes. The difference, however, between us and other plumbing companies, is that our customer’s satisfaction is our number one priority. We also offer emergency plumbing services. Plumbing issues in Winthrop MA won’t always be able to wait for a scheduled appointment. Sometimes plumbing can just take on a life of it’s own and do what it wants. In those cases, having emergency plumbing at the ready can really reduce your stress. Along with repairs, we also offer plumbing installation. We are your number one choice for a plumbing contractor across MA. Give us a call today at (781) 521-8164 and see how we can help you.

Slab Leak Detection

Slab Leak Detection

Think Open Heart Surgery

For an opening remark, that should’ve grabbed your attention. Water management inside a home is important on a financial level as well as a health issue. Considering this, if your house is built on a slab, all of the plumbing is located eighteen inches below it. Where the main penetration of the water supply for a house built on a slab, is located at the water heater, and branching off from there. You can now understand the importance of detecting any type of leak at the earliest possible indication of a higher than usual water bill.

The easiest method to test for an under the slab leak is to perform a meter test. The following steps will guide you through the process. During the following, remember that no water consumption is allowed.

  • Locate the water meter and write down the numbers on the dial. This is your first reading
  • After 30 minutes go back to the water meter, write the numbers down, and compare them to the previous reading. If the numbers are the same than no leak exists, however, if there is a difference follow the next steps while maintaining no water use.
  • Inside the house shut off all pipes feeding your toilets and washbasins/sinks, and wait for another 30 minutes.
  • Return to the water meter, write the numbers down again, and compare them to your second reading. If the number is the same, then the leak may be at one of the fixtures turned off.

Slab Leak Detection | 781-521-8164 | York Plumbing & Drains This is the time to inspect under the sinks and around your toilets for leaks. If the number has changed with everything shut off, the next step is to feel for abnormal warm or cold spots on your floor. Additionally, finding seemingly damp areas on a carpeted floor may be an identifier of a leak that caused the slab to crack, allowing moisture to emanate up through the slab. These are indications that either the hot or the cold water is leaking under the slab or it is time to call the expert plumbers at York Plumbing & Drains.

Contact Us at (781) 521-8164 Today!

We are your local experts when it comes to under the slab leak detection and repair in Arlington Massachusetts and in the following areas:

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