Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Douglas, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will withstand contact with 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 varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has an integrated wrapping that secures all around the pipes with 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 foam and foil insulation. The one-step procedure consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds through the whole house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is one that suits your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best 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.