Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Douglas, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding destruction and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does stand up to exposure to 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 versions.

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds through the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.