Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Jacksonville, FL

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will ultimately result in mold damages to your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and will lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in jacket which secures all around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe noises through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is best 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 a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.