Can Pool Noodles Be Used For Pipe Insulation

This may seem like a silly question, but do you know what pool noodles are? They’re a sort of foam that kids use to play in pools, but they float in a way. I mean, I can get a ton of them for free since people throw them out like there’s no tomorrow so I always see them in the trash, so do you think a basic pool noodle would be somewhat similar in R value compared to the basic polyethelyene foam pipe insulation? They are typically hollow enough to accommodate thin copper pipes, such as the water line, and come in vibrant neon colors as opposed to dark grey. They are not glued and have a larger diameter, but duct tape is also inexpensive. In certain circumstances where space is not a concern, they would work.

Random thoughts: I already have a lot of them lying around the house, so the price is definitely right!

But the shape and size also add to the versatility of pool noodles, and people are discovering new creative ways to use them around the house. Some use them as pipe insulators instead of just flapping them around during swimming practice.

If you dont have any clamp pool noodles, you can use a regular pool noodle and create the clamp yourself just like YouTube creator @vanplaas did for his water pipe. Using a pocket knife, measure out the length you need for the pipe and cut out a matching length for the pool noodle. Then, slice down one side of the noodle vertically to create a clamp for the pipe. “Just take it and cut one side open,” he said, demonstrating how it fits nicely on the pipe. “Like a glove.”

If you have children who enjoy being in the water or if you went swimming as a child, you understand the significance of having pool noodles. Pool noodles have a cylindrical shape and are composed of polyethylene foam. Their physical characteristics give them buoyancy, which shields you if you’re not a very good swimmer.

You can alternatively use pool noodles to insulate your pipes in just a few easy steps. First, make sure you get the right type of pool noodle. According to Foam Noodles, clamp noodles are great because they have an opening where you can just clamp the noodle around the pipe. Then, use some strong duct tape to secure it in place.

In order to keep heat from escaping pipes that are primarily used to transport tempered water throughout the home, pipe insulators sheathe them. Since pool noodles resemble pipe insulators, it raises the question of whether they could be used in an emergency instead of pipe insulators. Fortunately, you can use them to insulate the pipes in your house.

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