3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Douglas, AK

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

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

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best 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 drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable 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 plumbing and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has an integrated jacket that secures all around the water 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 install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds throughout the entire house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one which matches your project and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

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