Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Saraland, AL

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

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

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated jacket which 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 kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step procedure consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds through the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the pliability 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 applications such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.