Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Norcross, GA

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will ultimately result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and are going to bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your electricity and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in jacket which secures all around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available 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 procedure consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and dampening pipe noises through the entire house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one that matches your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.