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Insulation question?

Author : Yooo Nooo

Submitted : 2018-01-12 12:26:56    Popularity:     

Tags: Insulation  question  

Hello, I am an average Joe when it comes to piping and insulation work so I wanted to ask, in the case where there is a snow storm outside and I can t get supplies, is it best to cover a wire with the little amount of insulation I have or put insulation o

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the simple answer is ..ANY insulation is better than none

Move the pipe(replumb) so the pipe is not in an outer wall. That is where pipes freeze.. You want your plumbing on an inner wall
(where the room on the otherside of the wall is also heated) to room temperature. That way the plumbing never freezes ( unless the heat is off in the house.) Then everything freezes.
. Common construction that I have been exposed to is bi-level housing(where there are concrete walls that go up 4 feet from the slab, and then the earth is pushed up against the concrete wall on the outside. The earth has a constant temperature average of 50 degrees at 4 feet down...which is the level ditches are made for water lines and sewer lines(at least) because it don't freeze that low down..
. So water line is ditched to the slab under the slab and enters the house from the floor....into a water meter...and out and is plumbed to the water heater tank or Teed off to a outside water bib for the garden hose. The main if you want to call it main...water line goes into the water heater AND ALSO HAS A TEE off for the cold water supply so that water splits to a separate line just for cold water. In a bi-level home it travels along the basement ceiling to the kitchen area floor joists and then NEAR the outer wall but not in the outer wall holes are drilled into the kitchen floor which go through the kitchen cabinet where the sink is and up through the counter to the faucet. No plumbing is in the walls were the insulation is. Electrical wiring does not freeze, that can be in the walls, but not the plumbing. Inlet pipes and the drains. Look in your own kitchen. This is common practice. in any area where the possibility of freezing "COULD" occur.
. If your plumbing is jammed behind the drywall on an outer wall.....it is done wrong.

I been up in Canada. -35F is an average winter. They do not suffer from pipes freezing. .
Whether it is 2x4 stick built construction or 2x8 stick built construction,,,,it is done the same way..

The water drip is BS. Niagra Falls have frozen over for a winter or two when it got cold enough and that is much more than a DRIP. >so that is an old wives tale<

If you are still in the framing stage then it is easy. You need a different tub so you can face it towards the door instead of the window. The other end wall still exists, except that the plumbing lines come up from below or the side. However you have the plumbing done. Just keep the plumbing out of the outside walls and there is no problem of freeze up. Drains should go down straight into the basement floor or the concrete slab and ditch it to the septic tank or sewer.

If you can, put the insulation between the exterior wall and the pipe, if unable to do that, insulate the pipe the best you can and if it is that much if an issue, let the water drip.

you need to keep the home above freezing



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