Pipe Insulation Foam in Homer, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes will eventually cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation foam photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type 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 which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step method consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe noises through 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 that adds one more procedure to the insulating process.

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

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