3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Haines, AK

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

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

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

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

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install 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 type of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises throughout the entire home or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that matches your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.