Is Your Home Ready for Your Vacation?

frozen_pipeWith many of us heading off on winter getaways, making sure our homes are secure becomes all the more important.  We’re always sure to throw the locks, set the alarms, and ask our neighbors to keep an eye out.

So you’re protected from the dangers outside your door – but what about the dangers inside?

There’s nothing like the sinking feeling of coming home from vacation to the sound of running water in your empty house. While a nightmare on the best of days, if you’re out when it happens, it could be catastrophic.

If there’s a problem while you’re away, nobody’s home to catch it. With nobody home to turn off the water when a pipe bursts, you’ve got some major flooding on your hands. Think of all the things in your home that would be ruined by a major flood – furniture, electronics, photographs… the list is endless. And that doesn’t even include the damage to walls, floors and the foundation itself. The structural damage alone could be in the tens of thousands.

The best way to avoid this kind of damage is preventing it in the first place.

Insulating your pipes is a great way to prevent this kind of damage from ever happening. When pipes get too cold, the water inside freezes and begins to expand, building up pressure inside the pipe. Just 1” of closed cell Foam it Green will give you an airtight R7 to help regulate temperature, and neutralize condensation.

Even better, our anti-microbial formula will prevent mold growth. Foam it Green does a great job of sticking to pipe materials, and you won’t have to worry about it ever sagging or deteriorating.

But why stop with the pipes?

Sealing up the surrounding area will keep the cold air out in the first place, saving you even more on energy bills. With just a couple hours and some Foam it Green, you can knock out the project and be done with it in a single afternoon.

When you seal up your house with Foam it Green, you can take those winter holidays with confidence. You’ll know that when you walk in that door at the end of your trip, everything will be just as you left it. You can kick off your shoes, and enjoy your warm, dry house – with nothing to worry about.

So give our specialists a call at 800-516-0949, and put your mind at ease this winter!

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Win at Winter with these 7 Life Hacks

Hot chocolateEver feel like winter just gets the best of you? Between frozen windshields and high energy bills, those long, cold months can really take a toll on even the most seasoned winter veterans.

Having braved more Chicago winters than I care to remember, here are a few of my favorite hacks to help keep life simple for you this winter:

1. Spray the blade of your shovel with cooking oil to prevent snow from sticking. It will make shoveling wet, heavy snow much easier.

2. Throw a piece of carpet, or an area rug over your windshield to keep off the ice and snow. Tuck it under the windshield wipers to hold it down, and then toss it in your trunk when you’re ready to go.  Plus, if you get stuck, you can also use it to help get traction!

3. Use thick curtains to help keep the heat in. If you don’t want to change the look of your room, line your existing curtains with fleece or a shower curtain. If you really like this idea, place heavy curtains in front of your doors, too.

4. Put plastic baggies over your side mirrors while your car is parked overnight. It will prevent them from freezing over.

5. Reverse your ceiling fan to keep warm air at floor level versus in your stairwell or ceilings. It will help keep your rooms much more comfy.

6. Seal off air leaks with Foam it Green to make sure you’ve got those drafts covered. If you’ve already sealed up the attic, try checking the crawlspace for any cold air coming in – it could save you a ton on energy bills. Check out the video at right for tips on spraying in colder temperatures.

And last, but certainly not least,

7. Nutella + warm milk = best hot chocolate ever. Heat up some Nutella and milk in the microwave and top it off with mini marshmallows.

If there’s anything I’ve learned from years of tough, mid-western winters, it’s to be prepared. It’s amazing what a little bit of planning can do to make your life easier. And let’s face it – we could all use a little “easier.”

As always, if you have any questions just give us a call at 800-516-0949. We’re here to help!

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Plan a Little… to Relax a Lot!

Feet warming at a fireplace with hands holding coffeeJust a little planning can mean a lot of relaxing!

With the holidays already upon us, many of you are “carving out” some time for your next Foam it Green project. And while our kits are designed to be super easy (and kinda’ fun!) for even first time users, we understand that relaxing with family and enjoying your well-earned vacation is what you’re really looking forward to!

I still remember the first Thanksgiving I hosted in our new house – as hot as it was in that kitchen, our feet were still freezing! It was the first real cold snap of the year, and we all found ourselves in double layers of socks on freezing linoleum. So the next Saturday, we foamed the ceiling of our crawlspace – it made a huge difference! It was the first Christmas we spent in our bare feet.

With just a few hours, some Foam it Green and these 5 easy steps, you’ll be on your way to low energy bills and a comfy house in no time.

Ready to kick back with that cup of cocoa? Here are 5 tips to get you there faster:

  • Inspect Your Kit – When your kit arrives, make sure you fully inspect all the contents, and have everything you need for your project.
  • Read the Instructions – Taking this step upfront will let you know what to expect when you’re ready to go, and will give you the information you need for your project to go quickly and smoothly.
  • See How It’s Done – Watching our how-to videos is a great way to see how it’s done, and get specific tips for your unique project.
  • Store your kits indoors – Storing your kits indoors will ensure they’re at room temperature, and prevent the need for re-heating or cooling before you foam.
  • Recruit a Friend – A lot of our customers have found that having a friend there to move the tanks, grab fresh nozzles, etc. goes a long way in making the job go quickly.

Taking just a few minutes to plan ahead is one of the best ways to ensure a quick and successful foaming project. You’ll know what to expect, and be sure you have everything you need before suiting up.

And then it’s done! With just a quick Saturday project you’ll see immediate results.

As Mike C from Colorado tells us:

Installed Thanksgiving weekend and noticed an improvement overnight, AWOKE to find my furnace not running all night. The thermostat in our room read 68 deg. and the main one in the hall 70″, when our bill came in January for December it was under $200.00, first time in 7 years it has been under $270.00 November thru February.”

Looking for more tips on your foaming project? Give our experts a call at 800-516-0949, and they’ll have you back to football games and leftovers before you know it!

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Are you ready for the Polar Vortex… round 2?

snowy_buildingPolar Vortex Strikes Again

Last year, we all were introduced to the “polar vortex”. While a normal weather pattern if you’re a polar bear, it was a nasty surprise for those of us living south of the Canadian border.  According to forecasters at AccuWeather.com, it looks like we could be in for more of the same.

For the northeast, forecasters are predicting arctic air to surge into the area starting late November. The polar vortex is expected to make several appearances this winter, bringing with it above average snowfalls. “I think, primarily, we’ll see that happening in mid-January into February” said expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok.

For southeast sections of the country, it seems that ice storms could be the biggest story this year. Forecasters are calling for some heavy precipitation this season. Depending how far south that good ole’ polar vortex pushes, it could make for one big, wintry mess.

If you’re in the nation’s mid-section, you’ve already had a taste of what forecasters have been predicting – record low temperatures are starting earlier than ever this year.

Growing up in Chicago, I’m used to rough winters. But I can’t remember the last time we had lows in the teens by mid-November. And according to my local forecaster, it looks like the cold is here to stay.

So, is your home ready?

So if you haven’t winterized your home yet, the time is definitely now. With last year’s polar blast still fresh in our minds, it’s time to take care of all those chilly places in our homes that were such a problem last year. That cold floor, those frosty windows, maybe that upstairs bathroom where you could see your breath?

Why suffer through another harsh winter dealing with those same problems? In just a couple hours, you can fix up those trouble spots with some Foam it Green and be done with it.

Not only will you be more comfortable this winter, you’ll likely save hundreds on your heating bill this year alone. And because the foam won’t sag or settle, those trouble spots will be gone for many years to come.

So give us a call at 1-800-516-0949, and let one of our experts help you get rid of those winter woes for good.

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Your Questions Answered: Roof Deck or Attic Floor?

What R Value Is Needed for your HomeRoof Deck vs. Attic Floor

So you know you’re losing too much heat through your attic roof.  You know you need to insulate. And being the brilliant person you are, you know Foam it Green is the answer. But do you know exactly where to insulate in your attic?

Many people assume that insulating the underside of the roof deck is the way to go. And depending on your specific situation, that might be true. But there might be an easier way.

When is it best to insulate the attic floor?

If there is nothing in your attic that will need conditioned air, then spraying the attic floor is the best solution. Here’s why:

  • It’s easier to spray down than up, because you have gravity working with you.
  • Because attic floors are flat, they have less surface area to cover than a pitched roof. Less surface area requires less insulation, saving you money.
  • Spraying the floor puts the airtight seal closer to your living space. That way, you’re only paying to heat or cool the areas you’re living in – not the areas you’re not using.

When is it best to insulate the underside of the roof?

If your attic will contain anything that needs temperature control, then spraying the underside of the roof deck is your best bet. This of course includes using your attic as a living space, or if you have air-handling or other equipment that you don’t want getting too cold or too hot.

The main point is to keep the airtight seal closest to your living space, wherever that is. Why pay to heat or cool an area of the house that you’re not using?

Either way, you’ll be getting all the great benefits that come with Foam it Green. As you know by now, up to 40% of a home’s energy loss can come from air leaks. Just one inch of our closed cell foam will seal them up for good, making your home much more energy efficient for years to come.

Still not sure? Give us a call at 800 516-0949, and let one of our experts walk you through it. We’re here to help!

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Are You Getting Cold Feet?

cold feet in socksAre You Getting Cold Feet?

For many folks, winter means breaking out those warm slippers and woolen socks. Why? Because their floors are freezing!

There’s nothing worse than cold feet in the winter – it feels like you never warm up! You have strategically placed space heaters, layers of rugs and carpeting and your furnace is blasting, but you still can’t feel your toes.

Why is the floor so cold?

There are two main reasons a floor will get cold in the winter – air leaks and poor insulation.

If your floor is over an unheated basement or crawlspace, that cold air will seep right up through all those tiny cracks and holes. Cold will also transfer directly through the building materials themselves, turning your cozy living room into an icebox.

What’s the easy fix?

The easiest fix is just a couple of hours and some Foam it Green! Just two inches of our closed-cell foam is enough to not only insulate your floor, but seal off all those little cracks and holes that are allowing cold air to seep in.

Another easy fix is sealing up your rim joists. By sealing off this area with just 1” Foam it Green, you’re stopping a large amount of cold outdoor air from coming into your home in the first place.

What about pipes and wiring?

A lot of homeowners have all sorts of utilities that run under their home, anything from water pipes, to wiring to duct work. The good news is that you can spray directly on these surfaces. The foam will stick to anything that’s not wet, oily or extremely dirty, or super slick like some plastics.

As long as the wiring is not bare wire without the coating, and your hot water doesn’t get above 250 degrees (most home water heaters do not heat beyond this point), insulating these surfaces with our green indicator foam will actually improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Still have questions? Take a look at our Overhead Project video to see just how easy it is to do yourself. Or give us a call at 800 516-0949, and let one of our experts help you to keep your tootsies nice and toasty this winter!

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How Much Could You Be Saving this Winter?

money savings and energy savingsHow much could you be saving this winter?

Every year about this time it’s the same dilemma – spend your winter cloaked in bulky layers to keep from freezing, or face a huge heating bill. Surely there must be a better way.

Every year, many Americans unknowingly waste up to 40% of their heating budgets.

40% – That hefty percentage can add up to hundreds and even thousands of dollars every single year.

Why is this happening?

The main culprit is actually an easy fix – air leaks.

Most air leaks are due to poorly insulated attics and floors, cracks and holes in exterior walls, and leaky ducts. Many people think that the old batting or cellulose insulation they have in place has those areas covered, but unfortunately those materials do nothing to stop air flow.

Not only do those insulation options not stop air leaks, but they actually break down over time due to many factors including moisture, mildew, and pests – allowing your expensive heated air to continuously escape.

It’s these poorly insulated parts of a house that can cost homeowners thousands of dollars every year. And no matter how high you turn up the thermostat, the result will always be the same – your heating dollars go right out the window.

So what is the easy fix?

Instead of throwing good money after bad this winter, seal up your home easily on a Saturday with Foam it Green. Our green indicator foam does a great job of expanding into all those little cracks and holes, keeping your heated air inside where it belongs. Your heating system will operate much more efficiently, resulting in more savings in your pocket, and more comfort in your home.

Curious how much you could save? Take a look at our savings calculator, and see how much money you can start putting back in your pocket.   Got questions? Give us a call at 1-800-516-0949 and we can get you started with an easy Saturday project that can make a big difference right away.

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Protect Your Home from Unwanted Winter Guests

poor insulation rodentWith temperatures starting to drop, it’s that time of year when we all start retreating into our warm and cozy homes with cups of hot cocoa and comfy flannel PJ’s.

Unfortunately, all those little critters, who normally stick to woodpiles and outdoor nests, start looking at your home as the perfect hideaway to get away from the winter cold – not to mention the endless snack bar!

Lots of our customers have been asking us if Foam it Green can keep these pests from getting into their homes, and the answer is yes!

The foam does a great job of expanding into all those little holes and cracks, completely blocking entry points for unwanted guests.

A few tell-tale signs that you have a rodent problem are:

  • Chewed holes in bags of food
  • Rodent droppings that look like black grains of rice
  • Pets that show an interest in certain spots of the wall or floor

Once you know you have a problem, or better yet want to prevent one from happening, the next step is blocking off any points of entry.

Because rodents are able to fit through incredibly small spaces, they’re almost impossible to find with the naked eye. Mice can get through openings as small as a dime!

So, which easy weekend project can keep out those little varmints this winter?

By just spraying the ceiling of your crawlspace and rim joists with closed-cell foam, you’ll likely be shutting down any rodent “super-highways” into your home for good.

And even better, mice and rats won’t want to chew on it. It’s too tough, and has no nutritional value.

This easy project can be done in just a few hours, and can provide protection against furry invaders for the life of your home.

Here are two easy Saturday projects to seal out the winter invaders:

Rim Joists >>

Crawlspaces >>

So not only will you get the great, energy-efficient comfort that comes with spray-foam insulation, you’ll keep that potential unwanted house guest looking somewhere else to spend their winter vacation.

Give us a call at 1-800-516-0949 and we’ll hook you up with the perfect kit to seal your home up this weekend!

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What Could a Burst Pipe Cost You This Winter?

If you’re like most of our customers, you’ve either dealt with or worried about frozen pipes. This time of year, it comes with the territory.

Every year, around 250,000 households will have to deal with the cost and inconvenience of a frozen, burst pipe.

Now’s the time to make sure your household isn’t one of them.

Nothing causes damage like water – it destroys everything in its path. It ruins walls, floors, ceilings and foundations, not to mention your furniture, electronic equipment, and other items you just can’t put a price on.

The long term effects can be costly as well, from rising home insurance premiums to costly mold removal down the line.

In our house growing up, the solution was letting the faucets drip all winter. Hardly cost-effective, and the pipes froze anyway. And inevitably someone would forget to do it, which meant a trip to the crawlspace with a hair dryer – never a fun job.

So what’s the better solution? Foam it Green of course!

You already know the foam does a great job of keeping out those frigid drafts and cold temperatures. It also does a great job of keeping your pipes from freezing!

Here are some of the benefits of insulating pipes with Foam it Green:

  • Because our green indicator foam will stick to just about anything, you can spray it directly to your water pipes with great results, so long as the temperature doesn’t get above 250 degrees (home water pipes never get above 250 degrees).
  • It will help regulate the water temperature, preventing the ice build-ups that can lead to burst pipes and expensive water damage.
  • It will also neutralize the condensation that can sometimes form.
  • And because of its anti–microbial formula, it will actually prevent the growth of mold wherever you spray it.

When spraying your pipes, make sure you cover all exposed lengths and joints with at least one inch of foam. Sealing off the surrounding crawlspace area will also help protect your pipes from frigid winter temperatures, and will make your entire home more comfortable and energy efficient.

And what about those outdoor pipes?
For those of you with outdoor pipes, our high-density foam is a great solution to keep them well-insulated and running smoothly.

And of course the less your water heater has to work, the more energy savings will stay in your pocket.

Remember, you can spray the foam on any surface that’s not wet, oily or extremely dirty, or super-slick like some plastics. It will have no problem adhering to common pipe materials such as PVC, copper or stainless steel.

So, give us a call at 1-800-516-0949, and you’ll be able to turn off the faucets and enjoy your winter with confidence!

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Are You Ready for Record-Shattering Weather?

This winter could be a doozy if the experts are right.

Meteorologists at the NWS (National Weather Service) predict a whopping 99% chance that we will start to see a cold-front sooner this year than ever before.  This front could produce record-breaking snowfall affecting the entire U.S.

Snowfall is expected to start as early as the end of October, and is expected to hit the northeast the hardest. Edward F. Blankenbaker quotes “…this will be a once in a lifetime kind of snowy winter. Pretty much everyone will see snow like they never have in their lives. Most younger people don’t even know what an actual blizzard looks like, but by the end of March, they will be seasoned survivalists.”

So, the question is, are you ready?

Experts recommend that you go out and buy long-lasting food stores, such as powdered milk and canned goods, which will last well into the future, should you need them.  They also suggest having plenty of batteries, candles, weather radios, and warm blankets at the ready.

As you know, since you’ve probably used Foam it Green before, what’s important to us is your safety, comfort, and savings.  So after you’ve packed away the food stores and loaded up on batteries and candles, you may want to take the last step of preparing your home to protect you, and your wallet.

Most folks start with a small project, and then decide to insulate the rest of their homes for full protection, adding up to thousands of dollars in savings… not to mention a comfy, cozy cold season.

So, give us a call to prepare your home for winter, and pass along the good news so your neighbors can save as well.

News Source: Farmersalmanac.com

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