Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Montevallo, AL

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will ultimately cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally 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 which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor 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 contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has 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″.

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step procedure consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.