Pipe Insulation For Ac in Anoka, MN

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are several types of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for ac photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading option for wrapping 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 can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty kind of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available 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 between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated wrapping which secures around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing plumbing pipe vibration and dampening water pipe sounds through the entire 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 which adds in one more step to the insulating process.

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

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may suggest encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.