Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Alabaster, AL

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

Presently there are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that does withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built-in wrapping that secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and dampening pipe sounds through the entire home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.