Pipe Insulation Foam in Glennallen, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding destruction and will lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water consumption.

There are many kinds 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 foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind 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 that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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 well-suited for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built-in wrapping that secures around the pipes with 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 foam and foil insulation. The one step procedure consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises through the entire 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 that adds in another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist 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.