Here are the answers to some of the most common questions.
What is the R-value of Insulation Snakes®?
We have three levels of product: the “OK”, the “better” and the “best”.
1. Our Econo-product (R9-10) with 3ml UV treated Polyethylene. We have a VERY limited product line for this.
2. Our World famous Insulation Snake (Certifiable R-12) with 5 ml. UV treated Polyethylene. A majority of our product is in this line. We go from 6” wide to over 96” wide, and almost any length up to 40 feet. It comes with no straps, or with many straps, depending on the application.
3. Our best product, which is still under evaluation, the “Super Snake” which will have a certifiable R-14 rating with a 5ml UV Treated, Rodent Retardants, Higher Puncture resistance , and a Trademark color which we call Cobra Tan, (This color is not as attractive to Corvus family of birds such as the Crows and Ravens because its not black, like most garbage bags).
How thick is an Insulation Snake®?
The Original Insulation Snakes® is 3.5 inches thick and approximately 2.7 inches thick for Econosnakes®. On the New product, the Super Snake, the thickness is 4.5 inches thick, which has a certifiable R14 rating.
What is the outer shell of an Insulation Snake® made of?
The Original Snake and the New Cobra Tan product has a 5 mil, UV protected polyethylene. The Econo-Snake® only has a 3ml. UV treated Polyethylene.
How long will an Insulation Snake® last?
Some of our customers have had snakes out in use for five or more years, still doing their job!
How much pipe can an Insulation Snake® spiral wrap?
The following list applies to Econosnakes®, Original Insulation Snakes®, and Pro Snakes®. The Sidewinder differs in the fact that it insulates the same linear length as its own linear length.
#1212 covers 6’6” of 2” pipe, 5’6” of 3” pipe and 5’ of 4” pipe
#1220 covers 12’ of 2” pipe, 10’6” of 3” pipe and 8’6” of 4” pipe
#1812 covers 8’ of 3” pipe, 7’ of 4” pipe, and 6’ of 5”pipe
#1820 covers 12’ of 3” pipe, 10’ of 4” pipe and 8’ of 5” pipe
#2412 covers 10’ of 4” pipe, 8’ of 5” pipe
#2420 covers 13’ of 4” pipe, 9’ of 5” pipe
Linear coverage will vary depending on the amount of overlap used during the installation, if any. Our estimates on coverage per Insulation Snake® used are only meant as a general “rule of thumb”.
What is the heat rating of Insulation Snakes®?
Insulation Snakes® can withstand temperatures up to 202 degrees Fahrenheit or 96 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the polyethylene sheathing will begin to soften. Higher temperatures will cause it to melt away from the heat source. There is a Data sheet available on the web site.
What should I use to fasten the snake on the piping or equipment?
SNAKE STRAPS are highly recommended and are available separately from Insulation Snakes®. Snake Straps allow for quick and easy installation and removal without damage to the Insulation Snake®.
Can I use a steamer on Insulation Snakes®?
Do not direct the steam jet directly at the Insulation Snake® as it will quickly cut a hole through the polyethylene sheathing, wetting the interior fibreglass rendering it useless as insulation. A popular choice is to use the Insulation Snakes® Sidewinders which can be quickly opened up to access any spot along the pipe without the inconvenience of unwrapping spiral wrapped snakes.
Can I use Insulation Snakes® for underground insulating?
Yes, our #EUG1220 product (Econo Underground Insulation Snake®) and our #PSEUG1220 (Pro Snake Econo Underground Insulation Snake®) product are specifically designed for underground installation. They are meant to be spirally wrapped around the pipe and hold up to gentle burial after installation.
Can I cut the snake to the length that I require?
It would be best not to because our special seal helps keep moisture and rodents out. Our product has a unique design feature that allows internal air flow, while restricting moisture. Cutting and re-sealing voids this feature.
Can you make a Insulation Snake® to fit my application?
Fax or e-mail a diagram with measurements and we will custom build to suit your particular requirements.