Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Jber, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

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 very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in wrapping that secures all around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes 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 process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening pipe noises through the entire home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.