Pipe Insulation Foam in Golden Valley, AZ

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your electricity and water consumption.

Presently there are many types 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 foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include 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 durable kind of insulation that does withstand 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 cold and hot water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated jacket that secures around the 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 add is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and deadening pipe sounds through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one that suits your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.