Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Fountain Hills, AZ

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on water pipes will eventually result in mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally 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 which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will stand up to contact with 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 comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built-in wrapping which secures all around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe noises through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one that matches your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

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