Pipe Insulation Rubber in Jacksonville, FL

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your electricity and water consumption.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation rubber photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers 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 involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither should it be applied in contact with 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 sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available 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 between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built in wrapping that secures all around the 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 process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds through the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.