Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Ottawa, KS

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can cause serious flooding damage and are going to bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also reduce your energy and water usage.

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

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular dimensions that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract neither 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 durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated wrapping which secures around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes 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 method involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one that matches your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

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