Pipe Insulation Hot Water in Jacksonville, AL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will eventually result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding destruction and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation hot water photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

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

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project 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 want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

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