Pipe Insulation Types in Hibbing, MN

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on plumbing pipes will ultimately cause mold damage to your home. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. The most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation types photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers optimum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally regarded as the best option for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains a built in jacket that secures all around the 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 install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is even ideal for minimizing plumbing pipe rattling and dampening pipe noises through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one that suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like 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 best to contact an asbestos abatement professional 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 an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.