Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Goodyear, AZ

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding damage and are going to lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does stand up to 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 versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in wrapping that secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step procedure involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe noises through the entire house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one which matches your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as 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 present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.