Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Hartselle, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your 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 for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible 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 does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated wrapping which secures all around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises throughout 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 step to the insulating process.

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

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.