3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Hollywood, FL

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and will bring on costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your energy and water consumption.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular types 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 provides optimum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and will 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 stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative 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 making it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in jacket that secures around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step procedure involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe rattling and deadening water pipe noises through the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one that suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want 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 because of its insulating and heat tolerating 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 a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.