Pipe Insulation Rubber in Fort Collins, CO

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will eventually cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding damage and are going to bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your electricity and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation rubber photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will tolerate contact with 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 water pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in jacket which secures around the 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 foam and foil insulation. The one step procedure consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe noises through the entire house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining 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 most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used 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 pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.