Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Eagle River, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your energy and water usage.

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe noises through the entire home or structure. 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 in one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one that suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as 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 expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.