Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Kasilof, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can easily cause considerable flooding damage and are going to bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your energy and water usage.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include 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 heavy duty type 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 option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a hot and cold 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 pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds throughout the whole house or structure. 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 another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more long lasting 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 properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.