The ducts in your home get a ton of use every year. They are responsible for carrying all of the heated or cool air through your home—that’s a huge job! If there are any holes or cracks in your ductwork it could allow a large portion of that energy to leak outside. Here at Cavalry Heating and Cooling we provide professional duct repair and duct sealing in Vancouver, WA. We often see ductwork that was repaired using duct tape. The result of fixing ducts with duct tape is never pretty and often causes more problems that it fixes. If you’re interested in getting Vancouver, WA duct repair or duct sealing call Cavalry. We thought it would be helpful if we put together a couple of reasons why duct tape should never be used to fix ducts.
Duct Tape History
While its name, duct tape, implies that it should only be used to fix ducts, the exact opposite is true. Here’s a quick history lesson about the origins of duct tape that will help explain. During World War II, the United States military bought huge quantities of a type of tape that had cloth reinforcement for the soldiers to make field repairs of their weapons and gear. After the war, HVAC technicians began using the tape to seal ducts. However, soon after their installation, those ducts often failed because of the tape. After rigorous testing in the 90’s it was determined that duct tape is one of the worst duct sealants in existence.
What to Use For Duct Sealing
Duct sealing in Vancouver, WA should always be done by a professional contractor. Without the proper training or experience, a nonprofessional might actually cause more damage to the ducts. The sealing might also not be done correctly. One of the best materials to use for duct sealing are mastics. Mastics are a type of sealant that can be painted on and then dried. However, depending on what type of duct you have, metal or flexible, other substances might be better.
For all your Vancouver, WA duct repair or duct sealing, call Cavalry Heating and Cooling.