3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Hilo, HI

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding damage and will bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your fuel and water usage.

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

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the best choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and 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 hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated wrapping that secures around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose 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.