Pipe Insulation Foam in Dutch Harbor, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your energy and water consumption.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, 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 inflexible and will not expand and contract neither should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option which is likewise available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

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

Arguably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds through the entire home or structure. 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 in another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional 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.