Pipe Insulation Foam in Chugiak, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your energy and water usage.

Presently there are several kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading option for wrapping pipes since 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 rigid and will not expand and contract neither should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

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

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe rattling and dampening pipe noises through the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which matches your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.