Terragard Pre-insulated pipe systems, which are made up of an insulating layer and an outer casting, provide high-quality insulation to keep the temperature of the water travelling through the pipes constant, making them a cost-effective and efficient way to heat your house. Insulated pipes are available in lengths ranging from 1 to 50 metres and are installed underground at a depth of 0.4 to 1.0 metres. These pipe systems are expected to last 25 to 30 years, after which they will need to be replaced with new pipes.
What makes pre-insulated flexible PEX pipe suitable for subterranean use? The solution lies in its intrinsic mechanical features, such as its capacity to function continuously at temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and its flexibility, which allows for quicker and easier installation. PEX-a is the best of the three varieties of PEX — PEX-a, PEX-b, and PEX-c — because its production method crosslinks the polyethylene molecules during the pipe-extrusion process, while the material is still amorphic (above the crystalline melting point). The pipe’s flexibility and thermal and elastic memory are improved as a consequence of the consistent crosslinking.
The capacity of the pipe to expand is referred to as elastic memory. PEX-a may stretch up to three times the diameter of the pipe before shrinking back to its original size. This property makes the pipe extremely resistant to freezing and enables the use of ASTM F1960 expansion fittings for piping connections. Making a PEX fitting with an ASTM F1960 expansion connection is a simple but extremely dependable method. Before placing a fitting, an installer uses an expansion tool to extend the pipe and an associated expansion ring. As the pipe and ring return to their original forms, they form a strong bond that can withstand 1,500 pounds of radial force.
A cost-effective heating solution
Pre-insulated pipe systems are useful for connecting buildings to external renewable heat sources such as heat pumps and biomass boilers because they reduce heat loss. Because of the exceptionally low heat loss accomplished by these pipe systems, hot water can be fed into buildings from the heat source while retaining the water temperature, assuring excellent energy efficiency and saving the homeowner money on operating expenses.
High degree of adaptability
Because of the flexible shielded and pre-insulated polypropylene ducting in the pipes, pre-insulated pipe systems offer greater flexibility than most other pipe systems. This makes installation alternatives easier and more adjustable, allowing for better negotiating of cul-de-sacs, hammerhead turning or parking spaces, and existing in-trench utilities. Pre-insulated pipes offer a variety of installation options, regardless of how packed the residential area is.
Installation is simple.
Pre-insulated pipes are also lightweight, making them easier to handle on site and simplifying the installation procedure. Because of their great flexibility, these pipes may be readily manoeuvred around existing structures and natural features, making them a perfect choice for even the most crowded of situations. This also allows the pipes to be put with the least amount of disruption to the surrounding environment, which is ideal for individuals who live in densely populated areas.