Basement: Check Basement Pipe and Duct Insulation


Catching water leaks early can save you thousands of dollars. So it’s a good idea to install electronic leak detectors everywhere in your home where there could be water leaks (water heaters, washing machines, air conditioners, etc.).

Routine Care

Check basement pipe and duct insulation

Proper insulation of cold-water pipes helps prevent those pipes from “sweating” and dripping during the hot summer months, and possible freezing during the winter.

Proper insulation of hot-water pipes and air ducts prevents energy loss.

Timing: May (every 2 years)

How To

Check the insulation of all basement pipes and ducts. Check air ducts for any air leaks. Look for sections that should be joined, but have separated. Inspect for any holes.

If you use duct tape to repair and seal your ducts, look for tape with the “UL” logo on it, which is less likely to degrade, crack, or lose its bond with age.

If any insulation has come loose, it should be repaired or replaced.


The benefits of this task are relatively high. Doing this task can help prevent pipe damage and energy losses.


The cost of this task is moderately low. Depending on your particular basement, it is estimated that this task should only take about 45 minutes to complete, and the task is relatively easy to do. Depending on how your basement is finished, you may need a flashlight to do parts of your inspection.


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