Pipe Insulation Industrial in Glendale, AZ

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will eventually result in mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your electricity and water usage.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation industrial photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available 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 very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built in wrapping which secures all around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one-step procedure involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another step to the insulating process.

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

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