15-35% of heat is lost through windows and walls! We can provide free materials! Call (802) 296-7241 ext. 3
Weatherstripping Doors: What kind do you need?
Sealing small gaps and trim
Use silicone caulk to seal small cracks between the wall and the window trim. The surface should be clean and dry.
Do not apply caulk when the temperature is below 40 degrees, as most caulk will not adhere properly in cold temps.
- With a razor knife, cut the tip off the tube at an angle.
Pierce the plastic seal in the tube by inserting a long nail into the tip. Insert the tube in the caulk gun and squeeze.
- Apply the caulk “bead” in a continuous motion, pushing the bead into the crack, by holding the caulk gun at a 45° angle to the work surface. Release handle before the end of the crack to reduce mess and waste.
Fill holes and large cracks with Expanding Foam
- Wear gloves to protect your skin (very difficult to remove from skin)
- Shake can well. Gently press the button or trigger until you get the desired flow. Don’t forget, it will expand so start with a small amount. Anything that drips, let it dry first before removing.
- Allow for expansion by filling the crack only 40% max.
Unused foam doesn’t store well, so try to use the whole can.
Outlets and switches on outside walls: use foam gaskets
An electrical outlet can let in a lot of cold air through your walls! That’s why they make foam seals that go around outlets and switches and they are very inexpensive. We recommend that you unscrew each plate to see if your outlets are insulated. It is safest to do this with the electricity turned off. *This only applies to your home’s outer walls.
Pipe Insulation and Hot Water Heater
Hot water is often found in ½ “ copper pipe, cold is often in ¾ “ metal pipe. Install pipe insulation around both water pipes to prevent heat loss and protect pipes both pipes from freezing. Neither gas pipes nor white PVC require insulation.