Pipe Insulation Tape in Florence, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately result in mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding destruction and will bring on expensive repairs. 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 types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the best option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does stand up to 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 varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes 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 contains a built in jacket which secures all around the 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 install is foil and foam insulation. The one step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which matches your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.