There seems little doubt that global warming is here to stay and is causing those weather "anomalies" to be even more regular. In recent years, freezing conditions have been evident in most areas across Australia from time to time and this should cause new home builders some concern if they are to avoid potential damage caused by burst pipes. If you're in the market to build a new property, why should you choose a certain type of piping, to make sure that you don't come up against this issue?
During the last ice event, it's amazing just how many homes suffered from frozen pipes and consequent damage. In most cases this was due to a lack of adequate preparation, as it was felt that the risk of this type of weather event was relatively small. Consequently, builders may have placed pipes much closer to exterior walls than they would have otherwise, or may not have built them from a specific type of material.
Why Pre-Insulation Is Best
Pre-insulated pipes are a much better choice as they come with a high-quality layer of insulation built into the wall of the pipe itself. Typically, they will have high-density polyethylene within and a cross-linked solution on the outside.
These pipes can also be beneficial in other ways. For example, you may have to spend less to heat up the water when it arrives at your property, as the pre-insulated pipe has been able to keep liquid at a more stable temperature along its journey. The pipes are also much less prone to corrosion, so that they last a lot longer and work well in any type of soil. Usually, pre-insulated pipes are longer than the contemporary alternative, which means fewer connections and less propensity for leakage.
While these pipes will certainly provide an extra layer of protection, it's always a good idea to maintain the interior temperature of the home at a certain level whenever a particularly cold snap is forecast. In this way, the pipes will continue to receive some heat as well.
If some of the pipes are contained within cabinets under a sink but close to an exterior wall, it's a good idea to open the cabinets so that heat from within the home can circulate.
Making the Right Decision
While weather can always be unpredictable, your decisions do not need to be. Make sure that you choose pre-insulation when kitting out your property with new pipes.Share