Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Haines, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes will eventually cause mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your electricity and water consumption.

Presently there are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best option 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 shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind 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 also available 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 keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in jacket which secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe rattling and dampening pipe sounds through the whole 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 which adds in another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one that suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is recommended 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.