Pipe Insulation Foam in Barrow, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

Presently there are many types 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 foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in 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 easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds through the entire house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that suits your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.