Pipe Insulation 2 Inch in Newington, CT

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes will eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation 2 inch 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 properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy 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 plumbing and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated jacket which secures around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step procedure involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing water pipe vibration and deadening pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one that suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional 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 an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.