Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Huntsville, AL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to eventually result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your electricity and water usage.

There are several 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 outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage 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 available in lots of tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty 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 option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in wrapping that secures around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step procedure consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises through the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

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