Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Jasper, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes will eventually cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water consumption.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best option for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and also 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 hot and cold plumbing and has a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in jacket that secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step procedure 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 pipe noises through the entire home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist 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 a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.