Pipe Insulation Rubber in Kasilof, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your electricity and water consumption.

There are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types 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 optimum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many 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 durable type of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is likewise available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe sounds throughout the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will want to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

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