Pipe Insulation Foam in Adak, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually cause mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your energy and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can 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 option which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in wrapping that 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 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 even ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need 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 harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.