Pipe Insulation Tape in Fairbanks, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will eventually result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding damage and are going to lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation tape photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in wrapping which secures around the water pipes using 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 foil and foam insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe noises throughout the entire home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one that matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.