Pipe Insulation Hot Water in Kenai, AK

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your energy and water usage.

Presently there are many types 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 hot water photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will withstand contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also offered 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 suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built-in jacket which secures all around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe rattling and deadening pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. 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 best type of pipe insulation is one which matches your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

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