Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Northport, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably 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 hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for air conditioners.

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