Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Belton, MO

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your energy and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one step process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe noises throughout the whole home or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

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