Pipe Insulation Industrial in Anchor Point, AK

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to eventually result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation industrial photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include 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 kind of insulation that does stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective 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 flexibility 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 including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.