Pipe Insulation Asbestos in Hauula, HI

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation asbestos photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best option for insulating 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 will not expand and contract nor should it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type 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 alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in jacket which secures all around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises through the entire home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the flexibility 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 situations including for air conditioners.

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