Pipe Insulation Foam in Sheffield, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually result in mold damages to your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

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

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, 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 will not expand and contract neither can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and dampening pipe sounds throughout the entire home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

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

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.