Pipe Insulation Foam in Pelham, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will eventually cause mold damages to your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding damage and will bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your energy and water consumption.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature 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 which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and comes with a hot and cold 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 has a built-in jacket which secures all around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall 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 ac condensers.

Historically, 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 specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.