Pipe Insulation Fiberglass 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 result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your fuel and water usage.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

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

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does stand up to contact with 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 versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in jacket which secures around the 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 foil and foam insulation. The one-step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and deadening water pipe sounds through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is one that matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

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