Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Madison, AL

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

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, 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 does not expand and contract nor can it be used 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 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 cold and hot plumbing and has a 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 has a built-in wrapping which secures all around the pipes with 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 procedure consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises through the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

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