Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Nikiski, AK

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding destruction and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your energy and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither should it be used in contact with 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 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 has a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built in wrapping which secures all around the pipes with 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 install is foam and foil insulation. The one step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and deadening pipe noises through the whole home or building. 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 one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one that matches your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

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