Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Ninilchik, AK

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will eventually cause mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and are going to lead to costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your electricity and water usage.

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

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will withstand contact with heat cables and tape and 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 comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated jacket that secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best 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 a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.