Pipe Insulation Rubber in Hilo, HI

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

Presently there are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation rubber photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for wrapping 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 rigid and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold plumbing and has a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built-in jacket which secures around the 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 foil and foam insulation. The one-step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the whole 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 that adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is one that matches your job and the types of pipes that you have. 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 applications including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors utilized 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 pose 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.