3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Healy, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading choice for insulating 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 involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

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

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

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one step procedure consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises throughout the whole home 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 another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.