Pipe Insulation Tape in Chino Valley, AZ

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually result in mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your energy and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built-in jacket 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 easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will want to compare 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 situations such as for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.