Pipe Insulation For Pex in Hopkins, MN

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damages to your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

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

pipe insulation for pex photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading 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 involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can 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 varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in wrapping which secures around the water pipes with 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 add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises throughout the whole home or structure. 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 in another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one that suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

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