Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Auburn, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes will ultimately cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your electricity and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.