Thursday, March 14, 2013

Underground Pipe Insulation

K-Flex Insul-Lock pipe insulation, available online at PexSupply.com, provides freeze protection and minimizes heat loss and heat gain in pipes. A pre-slit adhesive strip makes installation easy. Watch our installation video here. Insul-Lock comes in six-foot lengths for a variety of pipe sizes, with wall thicknesses ranging from 3/8” to 1”.

The insulation can be buried underground if you take proper precautions. To prevent water absorption, bury insulation that is above the water table in 3" to 5" of sand. Below the water table, encase the insulation in a conduit (concrete, PVC, etc.). This method is optimal for all installations. In order to guard against compression of the insulation, the manufacturer recommends using insulation a size thicker than would be needed for above-grade applications.