Familiarize yourself with pipe insulations and don’t ignore them

When we renovate our home, we usually invest our funds in: thermal insulation, waterproofing, sound insulation or renewing plaster and paint. These renovations ensure a pleasant and healthy living environment. Investing our money in this direction, we usually forget to pay attention to the pipes, and their insulation is also important and can save us money and surprise costs for emergency repairs.
Steam heating allows spaces to be heated and cooled more quickly and easily, maintains a constant temperature for longer and saves energy consumption in the home. The hot pipes that come from the boiler room or the subscriber station must maintain the temperature of the fluid in them. This prevents the losses that occur along the route, during the transfer of heat to the radiators. If the pipes are not insulated, heat is lost along the route, the radiators in the rooms heat up more slowly, and the heating energy consumption rises. Insulation is an important element that allows the temperature of the fluid in the pipes to be maintained within constant limits.

Insulation of hot water pipes also has some advantages. First, if the water in the pipes remains hot, it will take a much shorter time from the time the faucet is turned on for the hot water to flow. Second, if the pipes are not insulated, during the hot summer months, they will add extra heat to the high temperature in the home.

Cold water pipes should also be insulated to prevent unpleasant condensation. The warm air around the cold pipe cools below the dew point and condensation begins to form. Constant condensation can damage the floor covering and even mold.

Di Trade Group offers two types of ready-made pipe insulation modules – mineral wool and microporous rubber.

Mineral wool pipe insulations are cylindrical modules manufactured from high density wool with diameters from 1/4” to 14” /inclusive/ and insulation thicknesses from 20 to 100mm. The appropriate diameter of the insulation module is selected depending on the outside diameter of the pipe to be insulated. The modules have a longitudinal cut on one side and are easily installed on the pipes. If they are installed outdoors, they should be covered with aluminum sheet to protect them from getting wet and mechanical damage. The modules, which are covered with aluminum foil, have a lengthwise self-adhesive aluminum sticker with which the longitudinal section of the insulation is glued during installation. The joints between the individual modules are additionally bandaged with aluminum tape. Knee insulation is made by cutting segments from straight modules, depending on the curve of the knee.

Microporous rubber pipe insulations are produced with diameters from 6 to 114 mm and insulation thickness from 6 to 32 mm. They are used for insulation and condensation control of: ventilation and air conditioning systems, refrigeration installations, technological pipelines and equipment, sanitary, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, hot and cold water supply. Lays by slipping on the pipes in new installations. In already built installations, the insulation is cut to length, the pipe is dressed and the insulation is joined by glue or self-adhesive tape.

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