Pipe Insulation Types in Tallassee, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding destruction and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your electricity and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation types photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built in jacket which secures around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available 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 process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening pipe sounds through the entire home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining 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 type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting 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 tolerance properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.