Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Fairfield, AL

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold 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 an integrated jacket which secures around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening pipe noises through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.