Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Oxford, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes will eventually result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your electricity and water consumption.

Presently there are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will withstand 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 cold and hot plumbing and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in jacket that secures around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe noises throughout the entire home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which matches your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose 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.