Pipe Insulation Tape in Wetumpka, AL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible 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 tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also 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 hot and cold water pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built in jacket that secures around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening pipe noises through the entire house 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 another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one which matches your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of 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 professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.