Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Hudson, FL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes will eventually cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and will bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your energy and water consumption.

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

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

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does 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 varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in wrapping which secures all around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, 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 due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.