Pipe Insulation Industrial in Ninilchik, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will eventually cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your energy and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation industrial photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, 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 nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains 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 simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises throughout the whole home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which suits your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist 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 a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.