Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Darien, CT

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

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

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and has 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 a built-in jacket that secures all around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds throughout the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.