Pipe Insulation Rubber in Anchor Point, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will eventually cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and are going to bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your electricity and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation rubber photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does 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 will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process consists of 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 water pipe sounds through the entire house 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 another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one that matches your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

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