Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Saraland, AL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and are going to lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your energy and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market 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 protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built in wrapping that secures all around the pipes using 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 install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds through the entire home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more durable 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 tolerance characteristics. 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.