3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Tallassee, AL

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

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

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in jacket which secures all 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 type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step procedure consists of 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 rattling and deadening pipe noises through the whole house 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 which adds another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.