1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 30, 2008

:365 Soy Seal Foam Insulation

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:365 EcoTip: Soy Seal polyurethane foam sealant contains approximately 12% soy based polyol and no CFCs. It is Greenguard Certified. The product is available in an insulating foam for gaps and cracks and another for windows and doors.

soyseal1 Source: http://www.soyseal.net/

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 Additional Information:

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It is important to use the correct expanding foam for sealing. Using a gap and crack foam for windows and doors may cause damage to the openings by expanding too forcefully. 

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February 16, 2008

:047 Isolate the Crawlspace

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:047 Tip: If you have a crawlspace under your home, there is a good chance that there are pathways for air to infiltrate. Sealing those pathways can help improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Some of the typical pathways include places where electrical and plumbing wires penetrate the structure. Expanding foam insulation is available to fill these openings. Large openings may need to be bridged with screen to give the foam a place to anchor.

Tomorrow I will have more information on checking crawlspaces.

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Additional Information

Crawlspaces can be dangerous places. During my career I have inspected over 1000 crawlspaces. Many had conditions that were extremely dangerous.

If you don’t know how to safely enter and inspect a crawlspace, you should leave it to professionals.

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