Pipe Insulation Types in Koloa, HI

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation types photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in wrapping that secures all 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 kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one-step procedure involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening pipe sounds throughout the entire house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.