Energy Saving Tips: Cover Up Open Plumbing Holes

Cutting down your energy costs is just as much about all the small ways you make sure that your home is sealed off from the outside as it is about the big ways. One small way to reduce the amount of energy that is lost in your home is by sealing up any plumbing pipe holes on the outside of your house or in your basement. Sealing these holes will slightly reduce the energy that is lost in your home, and when combined with other energy saving techniques, will work together to have a big impact on your energy bill.

Find Plumbing & Wiring Holes

The first thing you need to do is go walk around the outside of your house and check in your basement and see if there are any locations where holes have been cut in the siding or in your wall in order to allow pipes and wiring through. Once you know how many holes you are dealing with, you can purchase the right amount of supplies.

Often times, these plumbing and wiring holes are located near heat exchangers and air conditioning compressors.

Purchase Supplies

You will need a rubber plumbing boot for each hole that you intend to seal. These are usually found in the roofing section of home supply stores. You will also need silicone caulking to seal the hole, as well as either a razor blade or a pair of sharp scissors. You may need a screwdriver.

If the insulation around the pipes is torn, you may need to replace that as well.

Prepare The Area

The first thing you are going to need to do is remove any old putty that was placed around the pipe and wiring hole. You can use a screwdriver or a similar object to pry the old putty out. Once you remove the old putty, just throw it away.

Next, if the insulation around the pipes is compromised, you'll want to take off the old insulation and put on new insulation. Pipe insulation generally has a slit on it, so all you should have to do is pull it off to remove it. To apply the new insulation, just push it into place.

Prepare The Rubber Boot

Now you need to prepare the rubber boot. You will need to use a cutting device to make a slit on the top of the rubber boot where the hole is located. You need the hole open so that it can go over the pipes. The hole for the pipes will be surrounded by a base of rubber. You'll need to cut into that as well, all the way up to the circular hole for the pipes, in order to create a slit. This will allow you to push the boot over your existing pipes.

Place The Rubber Boot

Once you have prepared the rubber boot, spread the silicone caulking you purchased all around the wall that the pipe goes into. Then, slide the rubber boot over the pipes and into place. Push the boot onto the caulking and hold it there to create a seal. You may need to caulk around the outer edge of the boot as well to ensure that it stays sealed.

With the right supplies, you will be able to complete this job in hardly any time at all. Check back on the seal the next day, and make sure that it dried in place correctly. This is just one small way you can make your home more energy efficient; it all adds up to make a difference. 

For more information, contact a plumbing service like Aalco-The Drain Doctor.