Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Kenai, AK

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding destruction and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your energy and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve 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 kind of insulation that will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in jacket which secures all 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 type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and dampening water pipe noises throughout the entire house or structure. 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 in another procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.