Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Hilo, HI

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will ultimately result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding destruction and are going to bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your energy and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the best choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that does withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in wrapping which secures around the water pipes with 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 install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe sounds throughout the entire house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one which matches your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will definitely 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 long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.