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Baseboard Heating Wrapping Pipes

The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Baseboard Heating, but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about baseboard heating wrapping pipes.


I have hot water basedboard heating. My problem is the pipes for the upstairs run through the attic and I believe the warmth from the pipes are causing ice dams outside on my roof. Is it safe to wrap the pipes with foam pipe insulation?


Dear Karen:

Yes, if you have hot water pipes for your baseboard heating system running through your attic, then the warmth from the pipes could be contributing to your ice damming problems on your roof.

And yes, wrapping the pipes with foam pipe insulation is a good idea. However, you will want to be sure to use insulation that is rated for the temperature of your baseboard heating pipes.

And in general, if you are having ice damming problems, you will want to be sure that you have adequate circulation of outside air through your attic space.

Hope this is helpful.

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