Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Bessemer, AL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on water pipes will ultimately cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

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

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best option for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract neither can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable 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 alternative which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in wrapping 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″.

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds throughout the entire house or building. 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 another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one which matches your project and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose 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.