Do you need a thermostat for heat tape?

Modern tapes have a built-in thermostat that automatically calls for power (and the resulting heat) as the surrounding temperature drops near freezing and cuts power off as the temperature rises.

Does heat tape work on pipes?

Heat Tape for Pipes Attaching a heating cable to the exterior of the pipe will keep it from freezing. Also known as heat tape for pipes or pipe freeze protection cable, this small, flexible cable can be attached to the pipe and it will maintain the temperature of the pipe, keeping water flowing.

Will heat tape keep pipes from freezing?

Will heat tape keep pipes from freezing? No method to keep pipes warm is foolproof, but heat tape does well to prevent freezing and bursting pipes. As the temperature drops, the heat tape will warm to stop the water in the pipes from freezing.

How do you secure a heat trace to a pipe?

Self-adhesive aluminum foil tape an be used to fully cover Pipe Freeze PRO heating cables. The aluminum material helps spread conductive heat to the pipe. Standard tape, including electrical tape and duct tape, lose their adhesion when exposed to the heat generated by pipe trace heat cables over time.

Which is better heat tape or heat cable?

Heat trace cable is somewhat stiff, but it’s pliable enough to wrap it around your pipes, and it does not shrink; Heating tape is extremely flexible, therefore it’s better for tight contours and oddly shaped pipes.

How long does heat tape last on pipes?

On average, if the type of heating tape is well-suited to pipe make, they can last for three years. It’s far more common that heating tapes tap out at two years, which is why it’s so essential they be regularly checked on.

How do you keep your pipes from freezing without heat?

When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

Does heat tape cause fires?

Sadly, heat tape has the potential to cause fires in homes and businesses. Many of these products consist only of non-regulating tape which plugs into a wall outlet. If the heat tape remains activated for long periods of time – especially if temperatures rise and/or the tape is well-insulated – it can spark a fire.

What is the difference between heat trace and heat tape?

Can heat tape cause a fire?