3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Darien, CT

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to eventually result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

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

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built in jacket 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 foam and foil insulation. The one step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the entire home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, 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 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 a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.