It may be February now, but we’re still in the wintertime for at least another month and a half. More likely, it’ll continue to be cold for another two months. If you haven’t experienced frozen pipes already, then you should know how to prevent them from freezing up. If you’ve already had this happen, then learn how to stop it in the future with electric heat tape.
Prevent Frozen Pipes with Electric Heat Tape
As the name suggests, electric heat tape has self regulators on it so they can safely be used on PVC and copper pipes to warm and prevent freezing. The investment is a good one, considering that this is much cheaper than if you don’t do anything and then the pipes freeze and burst in the next blast of cold weather.
Why do you need to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place? If it isn’t obvious: this can lead to massive damage done to your home as a result of flooding. Insulating your pipes and/or leaving the faucet dripping might help, but they aren’t enough to prevent the freezing, so you have to take extra measures. This is where the electric heat tape comes into play.
Since this tape provides a source of actual heat, rather than just insulating what’s there or keeping the water from being stagnant, it actively combats the freezing process. As a result, speak with your chosen electrician and find the best option for your situation. After you’ve purchased the tape, you want to make sure to read the instructions for installation carefully… or simply have a pro take care of it. Again, since this produces heat, you want to make sure you aren’t setting it up in such a way that it would create a fire hazard.
To learn more about electric heat tape and how to use it, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling. You can talk to an expert about new installations of lighting and wiring, among other things, for your home or business.
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