Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Healy, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on water pipes will eventually result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding destruction and will bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and deadening pipe sounds throughout the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present 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.