3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Anchorage, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to ultimately cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible 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 kind of insulation that will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated jacket that secures all around the water 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 install is foam and foil insulation. The one step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing water pipe vibration and deadening pipe noises through the entire house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.