Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Fairbanks, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your energy and water consumption.

Presently there are many kinds 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 fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely 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 which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built in wrapping 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″.

Arguably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam 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 also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is recommended 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 a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.