3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Champlin, MN

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes will ultimately result in mold damages to your home. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

There are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum protection from thermal loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated jacket that secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

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