a plumber workingAmong the most devastating effects of winter is the freezing of your pipes. Frozen water in your pipes might result in extensive damage due to the bursting of the affected pipes. Restoring your property completely after water damage is costly and sometimes impossible.

The ideal option is to prevent the occurrence of frozen pipes in your Utah building. Pipe insulation will go a long way in protecting your pipes from the winter cold. Here are the material options your plumber might suggest for your pipe’s insulation.

Fiberglass​

This is the most common material used for plumbing insulation nowadays. Fiberglass consists of tightly woven fine glass strands, which minimize heat loss. It is non-flammable, non-absorbent, and has R-values of 2.9-3.8 per inch. Though inexpensive, the installation of fiberglass insulation requires a high level of expertise to minimize injuries from glass shards.

Mineral Wool​

There are various types of mineral wool used for insulation, including slag, rock, and glass wool. Most of the mineral wool used in the U.S. is generated from slag in steel mills. Mineral wool with R-values of 2.8-3.5, however, has no additive to enhance its fire resistance, and therefore, cannot be used in cases where it would be exposed to extreme heat. Your plumber might nevertheless recommend using it with other materials to enhance fire resistance.

Cellulose​

This is the most environmentally-friendly option for insulating your pipes. Cellulose is made from paper, recycled cardboard, and other materials in a loose form. Its R-value is 3.1-3.7 and it has the highest fire-resistance rating among all insulation materials. Cellulose might, however, not be an ideal option in homes with people who are allergic to newspaper dust.

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From the above options, you are sure to find one that suits your plumbing insulation. Talk to a plumber about the best option in your area based on how low your winter temperatures can get. Other than protecting your pipes from freezing, insulation also lowers your heating costs by conserving your water’s heat.