Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Anniston, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will eventually cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can 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 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 cold and hot water pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in jacket that secures all around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that matches your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

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