Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Mount Vernon, IA

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes will eventually result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your energy and water usage.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in jacket that secures around the water pipes with 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 foil and foam insulation. The one-step procedure involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and deadening water pipe sounds through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one which matches your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

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