Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Anoka, MN

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on water pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty 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 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 extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built-in wrapping which secures all around the water 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 method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe noises through the entire home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one which matches your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of 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 professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.