Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Pinson, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will eventually result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and will bring on costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading option for wrapping pipes since 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 neither should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and also 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 between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built in wrapping which secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and deadening pipe sounds throughout the entire home or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

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