Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Fairbanks, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible 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 type 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 alternative 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 hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in wrapping which secures all around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes 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 consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for 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 best type of pipe insulation is one which matches your project and the kinds 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 material. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications 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 specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.