Asbestos in Insulation Jacketing

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When a structure is built, it must meet certain specifications. The installation of insulation is one task that can be particularly difficult in construction. It is a time-consuming task and it requires a good degree of labor and a generous amount of money. However, some contractors have found that adding insulation jacketing systems delivers a quality solution that is also cost-effective.

Insulation jacketing systems are used to seal insulation over ductwork in environments that are harsher than the typical home environment or small facility. Insulation jacketing is suitable for use in plants and in other comparable environments to provide complete insulation coverage that is 100% self-adhesive. Insulation jacketing is very strong, weather resistant, and easier to install than its alternatives. No additional sealants, strapping, rivets, or off-site fabrication is needed and, when installed properly, it is very unlikely that moisture will get in.

Some types of insulation jacketing are reusable for use with industrial tubing. Any type of tubing that contains valves and fittings, and that also carries material at extreme cold or extremely hot temperatures is a good candidate for insulation jacketing. Quality insulation jacketing keeps people from becoming injured, prevents fire from occurring, and protects from other hazardous conditions. Yet it is important that the right insulation jacketing be used because different materials can respond differently to different temperatures.

There are materials used in insulation jacketing such as metal, fabrics, and thermoplastics. The fabric materials in insulation jacketing are used for a variety of reasons like covering a valve or another abnormal shape on the tubing. As for thermoplastic materials, they are primarily made up of Saran and PVC, as well as others. These are the materials that are most frequently used for low-temperature environments. Such materials like stainless steel are fire-resistant and can handle the higher temperatures.

However, in the past, insulation jacketing was made from asbestos fibers, which have been known to cause serious health problems. It is important to note if there is asbestos present in your home. Otherwise, your entire family may be put at risk for mesothelioma, a form of asbestos-related cancer, asbestosis, or other forms of cancer.

When selecting insulation jacketing for the purpose of meeting building specifications, it must be done carefully. The system design is going to have an influence on its performance and all specifications should be carefully put in place by an experienced designer so that the right insulation jacketing for the right situations are used. It is also important that the designer of the insulation jacket is knowledgeable so that the insulation jacket complies with the specifications. Otherwise, people and even the facility may be at risk if the wrong type of insulation jacketing is used.