Pipe Insulation Tape in Newton, KS

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and are going to lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

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

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection 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 which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will stand up to 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 varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated wrapping that secures all around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds through the entire home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one that suits your project and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.