Pipe Insulation Tape in Douglas, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes will eventually cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your energy and water consumption.

Presently 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 tape photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include 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 does withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe rattling and dampening pipe sounds through the entire home or building. In contrast, other kinds 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 kind of pipe insulation is the one which matches your job and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.