3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Redford, MI

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately result in mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has 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 an integrated wrapping which secures all around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step procedure involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the entire house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional 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 an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.