Pipe Insulation 2 Inch in Ninilchik, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding destruction and will bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation 2 inch photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has 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 wrapping that secures all around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one step process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises through the entire 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 in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one that suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.