Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Gilbert, AZ

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause considerable flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your fuel and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract neither should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable 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 plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has an integrated jacket that secures around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe noises throughout the entire home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best 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.