Pipe Insulation Rubber in Waukee, IA

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to ultimately cause mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your energy and water consumption.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation rubber photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that will withstand contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

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

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and dampening pipe sounds through the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one which suits 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 material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

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