Pipe Insulation 2 Inch in Bristol, CT

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

Presently there are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation 2 inch photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many 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 applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It contains an integrated jacket which secures all around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises throughout the entire house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is one that suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.