Pipe Insulation 2 Inch in Craig, 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 damage to your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your electricity and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation 2 inch photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that 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 heavy duty kind of insulation that will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in wrapping which secures around the water pipes using 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 process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and dampening pipe sounds throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining 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 kind of pipe insulation is one which matches your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.