3/4 Inch Pipe Insulation in Chanhassen, MN

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to ultimately cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause considerable flooding damage and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you can also reduce your fuel and water usage.

There are several types 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.

3/4 inch pipe insulation photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract neither should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

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

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil insulation. The one step procedure consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for minimizing water pipe rattling and dampening pipe sounds throughout the whole house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one that suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

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