Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Haines, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will eventually result in mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding damage and will bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your energy and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains an integrated jacket that secures all around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes 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 method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening pipe noises through the entire home or structure. 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 another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one which suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.