Pipe Insulation Industrial in Hilo, HI

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

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

pipe insulation industrial photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract neither can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty 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 option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even suitable for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and deadening pipe sounds through the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one which suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want 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 due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.