Pipe Insulation For Pvc in Volcano, HI

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to eventually result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding destruction and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

There are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for pvc photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the best option for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and 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 pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built-in wrapping that secures around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and deadening pipe noises through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one that matches your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.