Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Kasilof, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your electricity and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching 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 varieties.

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

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step procedure consists of 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 dampening pipe sounds throughout the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting 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 one which suits your job and the kinds 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. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist 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.