Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Glennallen, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will eventually result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

Presently there are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice 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 shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is likewise available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in wrapping which secures all around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and deadening pipe noises through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that suits 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. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.