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What kind of pipe insulation is best to use on water pipes to prevent freezing and keep the hot water hot?

I was preparing to buy the pipe insulators and install when I realized there is more than one kind, so which is better the foam or the rubber insulators? By the way I do have copper pipes

Asked By: Sonya - 10/4/2006
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The best insulation for the self installer is armaflex brand, which is a very dense rubber that has a special adhesive to join the pieces together, which is great for filling all the inadvertent gaps that will happen as you install it. The secret to a good insulation job is to make sure all the gaps are sealed... More
Answered By: floyd lover - 10/8/2006
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I would use the foam rubber type (usually black, in color). Actually, it's more like a foam plastic, than rubber... If you live where the temps drop below freezing, however, you may need more than insulation on the pipes.
Answered By: mrearly2 - 10/4/2006
 
the foam one are the best, easy to install, cuts for the right length, and I believe the cheapest
Answered By: ronb48146 - 10/4/2006
 
Armerflex It's usually sold in 6ft sections it also has self adhesive so you wont have to worry about it falling off.
Answered By: bob r - 10/4/2006
 
for freezing u want to consider heat tape which might require fiberglass wrap. otherwise, find a deal.
Answered By: enord - 10/4/2006
 
Get copper piping. Do it right and you'll only have to do it once.
Answered By: Sprouts Mom - 10/4/2006
 
Ok go to your favorite home improvement store, and ask for heat tape. It is a short run of wire you put on your pipes. YOu plug in the other end. It draws a tiny but of electricity, but your pipes will not freeze.
Answered By: Tankk - 10/4/2006
 
Any closed cell insulation is a good match for applications with water, my personal preference is with the rubber product as it seems to last longer before the material gets brittle and crumbles off.
Answered By: Jeffrey S - 10/4/2006
 
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