Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Frozen Pipe Prevention

Frozen Pipe Prevention

Installer Applying Spray Foam Insulation to Basement Sills, Protecting and Insulating Pipes; Foam Insealators of Maryland and Virginia

Spray Foam for Pipes

Every winter we hear from someone who is coping with the after effects of frozen pipes in the home. This year, don’t be a frozen pipe statistic! The most effective way to prevent the expense and destruction from frozen pipes is to know the risks and to insulate. While fiberglass and cellulose are great products, the ultimate air-sealing, pipe-saving solution is spray foam insulation. Here’s why:

  • Basement or crawl space temperatures can be up to 30 degrees colder than other areas in the home; spray foam insulation provides R-value and air-leak prevention in one step.
  • Spray foam is water-resistant, making it ideal for your hot and cold water pipes.
  • With its water-resistant features, mold and mildew growth is reduced.
  • Air leaks are eliminated which makes your home more energy-efficient.
  • R-value is higher per inch of coverage.
  • Ideal for any space where vulnerable pipes exist.
  • Your spray foam insulation contractors are able to inject spray foam into existing walls, minimizing mess and interior wall damage.
  • Basement rim joists benefit from insulation and air-sealing, adding additional insulation and comfort to the main floor of your home.
  • While the upfront costs of spray foam insulation are higher than other insulation types, the long-term benefits and improved energy-efficiency outperforms other products.

Ready for toasty winters for the life of your house? Be proactive and call your spray foam insulation contractors to eliminate your frozen pipe risk sooner rather than later. The team at Foam InSealators of Maryland and Virginia is ready to conquer your frozen pipe fears! Give us a call to schedule your free estimate now!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Attic Spray Foam

Attic Spray Foam

Installer Applying Spray Foam Insulation to Attic; Foam Insealators of Maryland and Virginia

Attic Insulation

Did you know that approximately 25% of a home’s heat loss occurs through the attic? Most of that loss occurs through invisible gaps or cracks in the home or building. The colder the weather outside plus the warmer it is indoors leads to an accelerated loss of heat. Unfortunately, you won’t know this until your next utility bill arrives or you feel the random “cold draft” somewhere in the house.

Avoid the drafts and utility bill shock by insulating your attic with spray foam insulation. Here are the top six reasons to make spray foam your insulation of choice:

  • Spray foam expands to fill unwanted gaps or cracks, preventing year-round loss of heated or cooled air within the home.
  • Air leaks and those dreaded cold drafts are eliminated when insulating an attic with spray foam.
  • Does not age, sag, settle, or suffer from moisture-related problems like fiberglass or cellulose.
  • Closed-cell spray foam possesses an R-value of 7; higher than other insulation products.
  • The best option for an unfinished attic space, thus preventing heat gain or loss in rooms below the attic space.
  • Spray foam is effective at keeping pests and other pollutants out of the home.

Treat yourself to year-round comfort by installing or upgrading to the super powers of spray foam insulation. 

Got questions about your attic space? Contact us for answers and a free in-home consultation.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Frozen Pipe Tips

Frozen Pipe Tips

Broken Frozen Pipe; Prevent Ruptures like this with Insulation from Foam Insealators of Maryland and Virginia

Prevent Frozen Pipes

It’s winter! We all know what that means, right? 

Hot chocolate. The occasional “snow day”. Cozy nights at home with the family.

And frozen water pipes.

Wait – that’s not what winter is about! However, if your home isn’t protected or prepared for the unpredictable winter blasts in Maryland and Virginia, then frozen pipes could bring a chill to your home and your budget!

Before your teeth start chattering, here are some important facts about your water pipes, the weather, and the potential for frozen pipes.

  • Regardless of the pipe structure in your home or business (copper, PVC, ABS, and galvanized steel), they are all at risk of freezing.
  • Older homes and structures without insulation or outdated insulation run a higher risk of frozen pipes.
  • Pipes exposed to, or close to, cold basement walls, basements, or crawl spaces lean toward a higher risk of freezing. Remember; most of these spaces have little to no heating source.
  • Pipes within exterior walls and cabinets can freeze.
  • The greater the distance from the water heater to the water source, the greater the opportunity for your pipes to freeze. 
  • The outside temperature most detrimental to freezing pipes is 20 degrees. Even in temperate regions, consistent cold weather and wind chill can cause issues, especially in the unheated areas of your home or business.
  • Another word on wind chill: Air leaks can sneak into any area of the house and when a pipe is in the vicinity, the Arctic blast may accelerate freezing. Common utilities entering the home (telephone, internet, television) can open these pathways for cold air. To reduce this freeze potential, consider spray foam insulation with its top-rated air-sealing qualities.

If your home isn’t properly winterized, here are some tactics to adopt right now to protect your water pipes:

  • Set your thermostat at a consistent temperature, 24/7. Many households like to conserve heat overnight, yet the interior temperature drop could contribute to the chilling effects in the colder areas of your house.
  • Keep garage doors closed. Even if there are no exposed pipes in this space, there are likely vulnerable pipes located within connecting walls.
  • Allow warm air to circulate bathroom and kitchen cabinets by keeping their doors open.
  • Make sure heating vents are not blocked and interior doors are open to maintain indoor air circulation.
  • Remove outdoor hoses from faucets. Hoses are likely to freeze first, but the connections between the hose and the household faucet are highly susceptible. 

Most importantly: insulate your home. For the highest R-value and reduction in air leaks, spray foam insulation is a sure thing. Whether new construction, an older home, or outdated insulation, there are many short-term DIY options available. However, to ensure the best and safest options for your home, long-term winterization, and peace of mind, contact our office to learn more or to schedule your free estimate. We have the answers and solutions to offer many years of cozy winter nights!

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