Pipe Insulation Foam in Mount Vernon, IA

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes will eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are many kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built in jacket which secures 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 foil and foam insulation. The one-step procedure involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and dampening water pipe noises through the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one that matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present 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.