Monthly Archives: February 2015

5 Two-Second Tricks to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Thermometer Below 20F PhotoIf you’ve never had any pipes in your home freeze, count your lucky stars. If you have, you know the hassle and mess it creates. We want to make sure you don’t have to deal with frozen pipes – ever. So here are some simple steps from A+ Insulation to prevent freezing pipes.

Easy Fix for Pipes on Outside Walls

Most of the year, the temperatures in the Kansas City area are mild enough that they don’t cause problems with pipes. But once the temperature drops below 20 degrees, precautions should be taken. When temperatures plummet below 20 degrees, it can cause pipes on outside walls to freeze and burst. Pay special attention to pipes on outside walls. When you know the temperatures are really low, open the cabinet doors in front of your sinks. This allows the warm air inside your home to get to the pipes and raise the temperature of the water inside. All it takes is two seconds.

Trickle, Trickle, Trickle

Another 2-second fix is to turn your faucets on just to a trickle. Let them run overnight when temperatures get to their lowest. The moving water prevents the water inside the pipes from freezing solid.

Don’t Allow Indecent Exposure

Pipes that are exposed will freeze faster than insulated pipes – cover them! Check your basement attic, and garage where pipes can be forgotten about. Again pipes that are near outside walls or in a drafty area will be more at risk of freezing. A+ Insulation offers basement, garage, and crawl space insulation. But, in the meantime, insulating just your pipes is easy and affordable. Pipe insulation is usually a foam or cloth covering that clips right onto your pipe in two seconds to keep it from freezing. Your local hardware store should have a variety of foam and cloth coverings that are designed exactly for this purpose so they are fast and easy to install. (Okay, the two seconds doesn’t cover the trip to the hardware store, but the actual installation is easy peasy.)

Related Read: Insulation Prices on the Rise – Insulate Your Home Now and Save

Outside Faucets Have Nowhere to Hide

Outside faucets are outside, so they will freeze faster too. Double check for any hoses you forgot to detach at the end of the fall season. Hoses will hold water in the pipe and cause it to freeze. You can Install an exterior, insulated faucet jacket. Again, easy to install and affordable at your local home improvement store. Pick one up while you’re there getting the pipe cover above and save yourself the trip.

Don’t Be a Sump Pump Chump

Cold weather brings snow and snow piles up, so don’t forget to check the area where your sump pump drains. Snow can drift and restrict your water drainage. If the drainage area is blocked by snow or flowing into a puddle, the whole system could back up into your basement. Remember to check the area around your sump pump discharge line outside your home whenever it snows more than a few inches.

We hope these tips will help keep your faucets thawed and running this winter. One word of caution, if your pipes do freeze, do not try to thaw them with a blow torch. Too many homeowners have caught their homes on fire attempting to thaw pipes this way. Use a hair dryer instead.

Now that we’ve covered pipe insulation, give A+ Insulation a call if you need home insulation. We can save you big money on your heating and cooling bills.

 

 

 

 

Insulation Prices on the Rise – Insulate Your Home Now and Save

Rising Insulation Prices Sign PhotoIf you’re thinking of adding insulation to your home, doing it now as opposed to later may save you significantly. Insulation prices have risen 30% in the last six months and are expected to rise 20% in the next six months. If you wait till August to insulate your Kansas City home, the project will cost you about 10% more overall.

Why Is the Cost of Insulation Going Up?

Check out the prices of insulation at Home Depot or Lowes. Even the do-it-yourselfers will be paying more for insulation because of industry wide increases. Insulation is not alone. All construction materials are rising in price. It just happens to be the trend in the industry at the moment. Unfortunately, this trend is predicted to continue, so if you plan to insulate soon, the sooner the better.

Act Now To Save on Energy Bills and Insulation Installation Costs

It always makes sense to add insulation to your home if it is under-insulated (as most homes are). In fact, adding insulation is the single-most important thing to do to save money on energy bills. Related Read: Serious about Home Energy Savings? Do This First. Insulation makes up for 70% of the total heat gain and loss in your home. It will make the biggest impact on your heating and cooling bills. If you’re going to invest in your home, invest where it saves you the most money and invest before prices go up.

Not Sure if Your Home Needs Insulation?

If you’ve never added insulation to your home or had your home inspected for insulation, chances are, it could greatly benefit from adding more. Most new construction homes have the minimum amount of insulation required by building codes. While helpful, you can save a lot more energy by having a professional add more in the right places. If your home is older, even if you added more insulation, due to time and settling, more may be required for maximum protection. If you think your home could use more insulation, give A+ Insulation a call to schedule a free home energy evaluation to see how much you can save. We‘ll show you where you can make the changes that will affect your bills the most. Call 913-281-2250 or 816-268-7511 now before insulation prices rise any further.