Pipe Insulation Tape in Shakopee, MN

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to ultimately cause mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes since 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 does not expand and contract neither should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated wrapping which secures all around the 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 foam and foil insulation. The one step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds throughout the whole home or building. 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 one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is one that matches your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.