3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Clanton, AL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your electricity and water consumption.

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

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does stand up to contact with 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 varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built-in jacket which secures around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available 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 consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe sounds through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more procedure 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 marry the pliability 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, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.