Pipe Insulation Hot Water in Harvest, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your electricity and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation hot water photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very 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 is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest kind 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 kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the flexibility 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 situations such as for ac condensers.

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