Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Big Lake, 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 system pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding destruction and are going to bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your fuel and water usage.

There are many types 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 for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in wrapping which secures around the pipes using 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 method consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening pipe sounds through the entire house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one that suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.