Pipe insulation {helps|serves to} {prevent|stop} freezing pipes in the {winter|cold months} and {sweaty|sweating} pipes in the {summer|summer months}. Condensation {sweat|} on {plumbing|plumbing system|water} pipes {will|are going to} {eventually|ultimately} {cause|result in} mold {damage|damages} {to|in} your {home|house}. Frozen pipes {can|can easily} {cause|result in} {serious|considerable} flooding {damage|destruction} and {will|are going to} {lead to|bring on} {costly|expensive} repairs. {By|Simply by} insulating your {pipes|water pipes}, you {will|can} save not only on {headaches|troubles}, but you {can|could} also {reduce|decrease} your {energy|fuel|electricity} and water {consumption|usage}.

{There|Presently there} are {many|several} {types of|kinds of} pipe insulation {on the market|for sale} today. {The most|Among the most} {popular|well-known} {kinds|types} are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and {a combo|a combination} insulation {consisting of|comprised of} foam and reflective foil.

Foam pipe insulation is {made|produced} from closed cell polyethylene which {provides|offers} {maximum|optimum} {protection|coverage} from {thermal|temperature} loss {as well as|and also} condensation. It is {widely|generally} {regarded as|thought of as} {the best|the leading} {choice|option} for {insulating|wrapping} pipes {because|since} it has antimicrobial {properties|attributes}, is dust and fiber free and is {available|offered} in {many|lots of} tubular {sizes|dimensions} {that|which} are self-sealing. Its {shortcomings|drawbacks} {include|involve} the fact that it is {rigid|inflexible} and {does|will} not expand and contract {nor|neither} {can it|should it} be {applied|used} {in contact with|touching} heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is {a durable|a heavy duty} {type of|kind of} insulation that {does|will} {withstand|stand up to|tolerate} {contact with|exposure to} heat cables and tape {and also|and} expands and contracts. It is {a durable|a sturdy} and a more energy efficient {option|alternative} {that|which} is {also|likewise} {available|offered} in self-seal and non-self-seal {versions|varieties}.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for {hot and cold|cold and hot} {water pipes|pipes|plumbing} and {has|comes with} {a temperature|a hot and cold temperature} degree tolerance from {between|in between} -20 F to 1000F {making it|keeping it} {suitable|well-suited} for {very|extremely} high temperature {pipes|water pipes}. {It|This type} {has|contains} {an integrated|a built-in|a built in} {jacket|wrapping} {which|that} secures {around|all around} the {pipes|water pipes} {with|using} a self-sealing lap. It {comes in|is available in} fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″ to 3″.

{Arguably|Probably} the {easiest|simplest} {type of|kind of} pipe insulation to {install|add} is {foam and foil|foil and foam} insulation. The {one step|one-step} {process|procedure|method} {involves|consists of} {winding|wrapping} the self-adhesive insulation {around|all around} the {hot and cold water|cold or hot water} pipes. {This|This particular} {type of|kind of} pipe insulation is {also|even} {suitable|ideal} for {lessening|minimizing} {water pipe|plumbing pipe} {vibration|rattling} and {dampening|deadening} {water pipe|pipe} {sounds|noises} {throughout|through} the {entire|whole} {house|home} or {building|structure}. In contrast, other {types of|kinds of} pipe insulation {require|call for} {joining|connecting} the butt ends of the {sections|segments} of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape {which|that} {adds|adds in} {another|one more} {step|procedure} to the insulating process.

{In the end|Ultimately}, {the best|the most effective} {type of|kind of} pipe insulation is {one|the one} {that|which} {suits|matches} your {project|job} and the {types of|kinds of} pipes {that exist|that you have}. You {will|will definitely} {want to|need to} {marry|compare} the {flexibility|pliability} of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the {flexibility|overall flexibility} of the insulation {material|product}. {Similarly|Likewise}, you will {want|need} a more {durable|long lasting} pipe insulation material, {such as|like} rubber or foam in outdoor {applications|situations} {such as|including} for ac condensers.

{In the past|Historically}, contractors {used|utilized} asbestos pipe insulation {because of|due to} its insulating and heat {tolerance|tolerating} {properties|characteristics}. It is {best|recommended} to contact an asbestos abatement {specialist|expert|professional} to remove asbestos as the fibers {pose|present} a very {dangerous|harmful} health hazard. Abatement {professionals|experts|specialists} may {recommend|suggest} encapsulating {asbestos wrapped|asbestos-wrapped} pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as {an alternative|a substitute} to asbestos pipe insulation removal.