Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Haines, AK

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to eventually cause mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

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

Probably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe noises through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting 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 job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose 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.