Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Hollywood, FL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes will ultimately result in mold damages to your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding destruction and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular kinds 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 offers maximum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, 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 neither should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that will tolerate exposure to 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 temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in jacket that secures all around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the whole house 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 in one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

Historically, 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 pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.