Frequently Asked Questions About Insulation Snakes

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Frequently Asked Questions About Insulation Snakes

What is an Insulation Snake?

It is a very unique product that has been on the market for around 20 years. It was originally designed a low cost alternative to expensive insulation applications. It does that and more. They were designed to wind around the pipe, and because they are long and narrow, they resemble a snake, and thus it got its unique name “Insulation Snake™”.

What is it made out of?

It is made out of specific environmentally friendly Fiberglass batting encased in a UV treated Polyethylene vapor barrier. The additive in the UV treated Poly is estimated to extend the life of the product by four to five years.

What does the “Insulation Snake” do?

Insulation, first and foremost, is meant to restrict the movement of heat or… in other words, keep the heat in or out. The R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. In theory, the higher the R-value, the greater that resistance. The majority of our product has a certifiable R-12 rating, but we also have some product with a certifiable R-14 rating.

Who uses the product?

Originally designed for the Oilfield, it is used by Electricians, Plumbers, Insulators in Industrial applications, Irrigation applications, Mobile and Trailer. Anywhere there is fluid (such as water) that can freeze in pipe or pumps or vessels, Insulation snake is used. Anyone who is in Industry, Commerce, and those who live in homes and RV’s, use Insulation Snakes™. Where Insulation is required, or where there is a need for Removable, Reusable and Weatherproof insulation, think Insulation Snakes™.

Can I cut my insulation costs down by using Insulation Snakes?

Yes! One company is claiming that by using the Insulation Snake system, they have cut cost by over 50-60%, because of easy accessibility to what is being insulated, because it the installation of the product does not demand highly skilled workers, and because of the cost of the finished product. Every case is different.

How do you apply the product?

There are two main ways to attach our product: By wrapping or by strapping. You can spiral wrap the Insulation Snake around and around something like a pipe, vessel, tank, valve and so on, or you can strap it on with the attached strapping, something like a hot dog bun around a hot dog, except the bun has straps.

How thick is an Insulation Snake®?

The Original Insulation Snakes® is 3.5 inches thick R11 (US) and R12 (CAN). On the New product, the Super Snake, the thickness is 4.0 inches thick, which has a certifiable R13 (US) and R14 (CAN) rating.

What is the outer shell of an Insulation Snake® made of?

The Original Snake and the new TAN product has a 5 ml., UV protected 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 guideline.