Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crawl Space Vapor Barrier - Viper CS By Insulation Solutions

Traditional dirt crawl spaces are full of moisture that enters via evaporation and diffusion through the floor and sidewalls. An important part of a crawl space moisture control strategy is the installation of a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier provides the crawl space with a moisture and soil gas protection layer that decreases the amount of moisture and radon present in the crawl space. This greatly reduces the risk for:

  • Mold
  • Decreased Insulation R-Values
  • Dust Mites
  • Mildew
  • Increased Heating & Cooling Bills
  • Aggravated Allergies
  • Wood Rot
  • Odors
  • Poor Storage Environment
  • Floor Failure
  • Insects
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Viper CS is a "Class A" vapor barrier with excellent physical characteristics, including high puncture resistance, high tensile strength and low water vapor permeance. It will prevent ground moisture from entering the crawl space when installed on the walls and floor, greatly reducing the negative effects of a moisture laden crawl space.

When using Viper CS in a crawl space application, you will be providing the home or building with the best protection on the market! Viper CS offers several advantages over other crawl space vapor barriers:

Superior Puncture & Tear Resistance 

  • Reduces chances of product damage during installation
  • Maintains integrity over time under foot traffic and storage 
Super Low Water Vapor Permeability
  • Qualifies as a true vapor barrier (perm rating less than .01)
  • Ensures an effective seal against pressure driven moisture
Extrusion Coated Bright White Finish 
  • Provides a bright, clean look for the crawl space
  • Smooth coating allows for easy removal of dirt, footprints and smudges

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Roof & Gutter De-Icing Heat Trace System

Roofs and gutters can be severely damaged by ice buildup. Ice dams and icicles form when the accumulated snow on a roof melts, and refreezes at the eaves and valleys during the evening. As the cycle continues and the ice dam continues to grow it prevents the melted water from properly draining off of the roof. Eventually, icicles begin to form, potentially creating both structural damage and safety issues.

Pentair Thermal Management offers a roof & gutter de-icing system that provides gutter protection and helps prevent the formation of ice dams and icicle on facilities such as office buildings, warehouses, storage facilities and production buildings.

The roof and gutter heating cable maintains a continuous path for roof snow melt to drain from the roof through the gutter and downspout. This heat trace cable system is ideal for installation on:

  • Roofs made from standard roofing materials including shake, shingle, rubber, tar, wood, metal and plastic
  • Gutters made from standard materials including metal, plastic and wood
  • Downspouts made from standard materials including metal and plastic 

Pentair Thermal Management’ roof & gutter de-icing system is a simple design consisting of:

  • Electric heat trace cables - the Raychem IceStop self-regulating heat trace cable automatically adjusts its power output to compensate for temperature variations 
  • Connection kits and accessories - items for making electrical connections and properly completing the installation, such as power connections, end seals and attachment clips and ties 
  • Advanced control systems - devices such as thermostats, controllers and sensors, help trigger the system to energize when the ambient temperature is below freezing, ensure that the roof de-icing system is energy efficient and help maintain the temperature of the roof
  • Power distribution system - electric panels for installations that require power distribution with single-phase or three-phase circuits

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Taco FloodBreaker - Whole House Water Shut Off

The FloodBreaker is a whole house adjustable leak protection system that monitors several aspects of water usage. It shuts off the water supply once any of the monitored settings are reached. The FloodBreaker is NSF 61 certified and is suitable for potable water installations.

FloodBreaker Features:
  • Programmable Leak Detection Settings
  • Audible Alarm 
  • Floor Sensor 
  • Output Contact 
  • Input Contact 
  • Operates on Batteries and 9V DC Power Supply
  • Push Button Reset 
  • Mounts in Horizontal or Vertical Pipe 
  • Reduces Property Damage 
  • NSF 61 Certified

FloodBreaker Models:
  • FB075-1 3/4" NPT Union 
  • FB100-1 1" NPT Union 
  • FB125-1 1 1/4" NPT Union

Download the FloodBreaker literature here.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Water Hammer Arrestors - Precision Plumbing Products

PPP SC-500 & SC-200F Water Hammer Arrestors

A maintenance-free installation is assured when using Precision Plumbing Products SC-500 & SC-200F arrestors. The only moving part is the free-moving piston furnished with “O”ring seals which have been tested for reliability in excess of normal operating ranges. PPP water hammer arrestors are specified for commercial, industrial and residential uses. These arrestors may be installed in new or existing plumbing systems with a standard pipe tee.

About Fluid Hammer
Fluid Hammer is a series of hydraulic shock waves generated within the confines of a piping system due to the sudden stopping of fluid flow. This condition is caused by the fast closing of positive valves incorporated within the system. The effect of fluid hammer is damaging if allowed to exist for any length of time and will result in broken pipes and damage to other components.


  • May be installed in new or existing plumbing systems with a standard pipe tee. No access panel required (Consult local code).
  • Maintenance free – the piston is the only moving part. 
  • Temperature range: -40°F to + 212°F (-4.4°C to + 100°C).
  • Construction: Barrel-fabricated of type “L” hard drawn copper.
  • Cap: Copper or free turning brass. 
  • Piston: Machined of low lead C69300 Eco brass or poly-carbonate Dow Calibre 2061-15 MFR.
  • Seals: “O”rings - EPDM.
  • Seal Lubricant: Dow-Corning Silicone Compound #111, FDA listed for use in potable water systems.
  • Designed to operate on all domestic and commercial systems. Normal operating pressure 0 to 200 P.S.I.G., Max spike Pressure 400 P.S.I.G.