Pipe Insulation Rubber in Homer, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on water pipes will eventually cause mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your electricity and water consumption.

Presently there are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation rubber photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is inflexible and does 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 withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative 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 making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It contains an integrated wrapping that secures around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step method consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises through the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one which suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will definitely want to compare 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 such as for air conditioners.

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