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Does code require water pipes in a crawl space to be insulated?
Saturday, August 24, 2019
The code requires that in “localities having a winter design temperature of 32º F (0º C) or lower as shown in Table R301.2(1) of this code, a water, soil or waste pipe shall not be installed outside the building, in exterior walls, in attics or crawl spaces, or in any other place subjected to freezing temperatures unless adequate provision is made to protect it from freezing by insulation or heat or both.” The dividing line in the map (shown below and detail at right) is at approximately Gainesville in Florida.
It’s in the Florida Plumbing Code at 305.4 and the Residential edition of the Florida Building Code at P2603.5. The citation is similar in the International Plumbing Code (IPC) and International Residential Code (IRC).
Hot water supply piping in an any crawl space (unconditioned space) is required to have minimum R-3 rated insulation by the Florida Energy Code (R403.5.3) and other codes based on the International Energy Code.
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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about PLUMBING PIPES:
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• Can galvanized steel pipe still be used for new water lines in a house?
• How can I tell if I have cast iron pipes in my house?
• Why can't a sanitary tee be used for a horizontal-to-horizontal drain pipe connection?
• What is the difference between green and white sewer drain pipes?
• Is a washing machine drain hose required to be secured at the standpipe?
• What are the abandoned pipes sticking out of the wall in my house?
• What are the code requirements for plumbing vent terminations?
• What are the code requirements for layout of drain piping under sinks?
• What causes a gurgling sound when a bathtub or sink drains?
• What is a "combination waste and vent" in a plumbing system?
• What is a galvanized nipple?
• What are the pipes sticking out near my water valves?
• How do you accurately find a broken water pipe leak under the floor slab?
• What is the difference between water pipe and sewage (waste) pipe?
• Are plastic pipes (PVC, CPVC, and PEX) safe for drinking water?
• Is a hot water faucet handle required to be on the left?
• What's that powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater?
• If all the plumbing drains have water in them and you can still smell sewer gas, what's causing the problem?
• How can I tell what type of plumbing pipe I have?
• Why is there a flexible accordion pipe under the sink?
• What is the difference between PVC and ABS plumbing pipe?
• What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe?
• What are the pipes on my roof?
• How can I find out what type of water pipe runs underground from the water meter to the house (service pipe)?
• Why is old galvanized steel water pipe a problem for homebuyers?
• What does polybutylene pipe look like? Why is it a problem?
• Which water pipes are an insurance problem and possibly uninsurable?
• Can you connect CPVC pipe directly to a gas water heater?
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