Pipe Insulation For Pex in Darien, CT

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will eventually cause mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding damage and are going to lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for pex photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, 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 rigid and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built in 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″.

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe sounds throughout the whole home 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 that adds in another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

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