Pipe Insulation Types in Fountain Hills, AZ

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will eventually result in mold damages to your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are several kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation types photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that will withstand contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated jacket that 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″.

Arguably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises through the entire 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 step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist 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.