Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Decatur, AL

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will eventually cause mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

Presently there are several types 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 made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from thermal loss as well as 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 offered in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include 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 kind of insulation that will withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available 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 making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built-in wrapping which secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes 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 method consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds through the entire home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.