Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Griffin, GA

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known kinds 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 offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best option 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 drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains 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″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises through the entire house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one that suits your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

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