Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Morrison, CO

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to eventually cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause considerable flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your energy and water consumption.

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 asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best option for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated wrapping which 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 easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one step procedure consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds throughout the entire house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.