PEX Pipe are beneficial over traditional piping and tubing systems for any sort of heating or cooling application. Then, insulated pipe is as flexible as any other pipe and that is why it has numerous advantages like traditional piping.
Insulated pipe requires very less number of joints and thus, no leakage problem would creep in. Another advantage is that since they are already insulated, no additional cost will be incurred on this process. The insulation makes it a perfect fit for heating or cooling systems as the insulated pipes resist loss of energy to environment. Furthermore, it also prevents adverse effect of surrounding temperature on the pipe or water in contains.
Generally, one can use the insulated PEX pipes like traditional ones. So, it does not matter even if you are using it in underground radiant heating application. It will work just fine in that. You can also incorporate the insulated pipe in walls or ceilings without worrying about loss of energy to external environment. Leakage and dampness are also taken care of as insulated pipe does not crack and resists corrosion and rust.
Last but not the least, the PEX pipes take up less space and are very durable and hence, can do well for years. Similarly, these also withstand any sort of obstacle and resist chemical reactions. This increases the life span of these pipes. Once you install these pipes in any system, you need not worry about replacing them for almost 2 decades and even more.
Then, how to install insulated pipes? Well, it is not much of a task, but still, you must know the exact way and tools that will be used to install the pipe successfully. One thing that adds to the advantage of insulated pipe is its flexibility and another is its light weight. This makes it much easier to handle and install. The pre-insulated pipe further helps in keeping the hot water heated for a very long time due to less loss of energy to the surrounding environment.
When you begin with the installation, you will need mallet, drill, drill bits, plumber's tape, chalk for marking, suitable wrench, threaded fittings, crimping iron, supply valves, shovel, timber and insulated pipe.
To begin with, mark the route of pipe with chalk. Then place the pipe and mark locations for drilling holes. If you are installing pipes on ground or the temperature is sub-zero for long, use timber for frost-prevention of pipes.
The next step is to drill holes at places where you marked. Connect the pipe together and then play them on floor to double-check if they are securely and tightly connected or no.
Fix a PEX threaded fitting at one end of pipe with a crimping ring properly and tightly. Then proceed to supply valve connection at the crimped end. Now use mallet to seat the vale properly and then use wrench to tighten it. Without over-tightening any valve, repeat the process till every valve is secure.
Next, crimp the water supply hose and connect it to the main water supply hose. Use wrench and tighten them together. Double-check the joint to prevent leakage. Finally, when complete the installation of insulated pipe, you’d better test the system to ensure proper functioning.