Pipe Insulation Foam in El Mirage, AZ

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes will eventually result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding destruction and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your energy and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built-in jacket that secures all 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 kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used 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 harmful health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.