Pipe Insulation Tape in Tallassee, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause considerable flooding destruction and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading choice 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 drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does tolerate 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 varieties.

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

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises through the entire house 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 that adds in another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall 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.

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