Pipe Insulation Rubber in Anchorage, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your energy and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types 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 generally thought of as the leading choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in wrapping which secures 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 method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds through the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will need to compare the flexibility 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, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist 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 an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.