Pipe Insulation Tape in Fountain Hills, AZ

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your energy and water usage.

Presently there are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in wrapping 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 foil and foam insulation. The one step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and dampening pipe sounds through the whole home or structure. 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 one more procedure to the insulating process.

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

Historically, contractors used 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 pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.