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Keep pipe maintenance expenses low with Icynene when heating costs get too high

Throughout the winter months, plunging temperatures and increased moisture conditions can hinder the efficiency of HVAC systems. Water heaters, furnaces and thermostats tend to strain their capacity to ensure that the proper levels of comfort are being maintained within a home. But if there are issues with insulation consistency and quality, it could be that these tools are working much harder than they need to.

Apart from simply causing heating expenses to escalate for a homeowner, overworked HVAC systems can result in damage not only to the system but also the pipes, ducts and supplementary devices that work alongside the system. On top of shelling out more money for the gas or electricity, it also means a plumber or emergency assistance may be necessary.

As the Daily Journal Online wrote, frozen pipes are often a side effect of extremely cold weather and poor insulation. Although this can occur anywhere within a house, it's more common to encounter a frozen pipe near the exterior envelope of the structure. Sometimes outdoor spigots and drainspouts are the root of the problem, with ice crystals seeding colder conditions to enter into more internal elements of a pipe network. Alternatively, it could simply be that metal or plastic in the walls carrying water is just poorly protected to keep its contents from freezing.

Some homeowners may consider dripping their faucets while others turn up the heat throughout the house to try and mitigate the lack of insulation by balancing it with overall indoor temperatures. Yet, these tactics mightn't protect pipes that aren't as close to HVAC systems as others or run through the floors and foundation.

"If you have any kind of plumbing, no matter if it's a drainpipe or a water supply pipe in your wall and it's exposed to below freezing temperatures, you definitely need some type of insulation or it will freeze," said home maintenance expert Scott Plummer. He told the Daily Journal Online that frozen pipes will present an additional problem to homeowners when these systems thaw, as expanding water could cause the channels to burst.

Saving for the future
It's easier to take a proactive approach to these problems and safeguard your home with Icynene spray foam insulation. This insulation is capable of creating a protective air barrier around pipes and HVAC elements that makes it impossible for the cold to penetrate through, thereby preventing the potential for pipes freezing or bursting. Icynene's flexibility as an insulation product and its ability to meet daily heating and cooling demands make it an ideal solution for deterring problems regarding properly protecting pipes.

When temperatures drop, traditional insulation materials don't provide a seal around pipes as spray foam insulation does. What's more, Plummer told the Daily Journal Online that there are sometimes pipes that simply can't be insulated. This could leave those specific sections of tube or areas of the house more susceptible to freezing damage.

Protecting investments
With Icynene, problems like the above are no longer an issue. That's because Icynene can go on any surface and fit any space in a house, no matter how narrow or tight the spot might be. The adaptability and flexibility of spray foam insulation negates the idea that there are some places in a home where insulation can't reach, as spray foam goes on as a liquid and rapidly expands to fit every crack and crevice.

This also does away with the other problem homeowners regularly encounter when trying to upgrade their insulation around pipes. Unlike fiberglass or vermiculite insulation, Icynene creates a  seal every time, providing an air barrier that doesn't permit air transfer. Not only does this reduce the chance of a pipe freezing, it also makes it easier to reduce the amount of heating and cooling a home undergoes in order to maintain a consistent interior climate.

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