Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Golden Valley, AZ

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option which is also offered 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 between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in jacket which 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″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe sounds through the entire house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

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