Frequently Asked Questions

Pipe Freeze Installation


Our self-regulating heat tape (and all others) should be covered with standard 1/2” thick pipe insulation after it is secured to the pipe. This greatly enhances the performance of the heat cable.


Pipe Freeze PRO can be in contact with the ground but it must be protected in order to prevent damage.

You can use any tape with a minimum temperature rating of 176º F, with fiberglass cloth tape being the most common. 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.

The footage of heat tape needed to protect pipes against freezing depends on a few variables, most notably the pipe diameter. In general, pipes that are 1-1/2” or less in diameter require one run of heating cable, affixed at the 6 o’clock position. Larger pipe diameters require at least two cables run at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions. Click here to see our installation manual.

Pipe Freeze Pro self-regulating heat tape can be overlapped many times and in any pattern to get the job done. Simply wrap the heat tape around the valve in figure eights, spirals, zig-zags, our any other pattern that results in the heat tape covering all sides of the body of the valve.

⚠ Warning: If you bought cheap, constant wattage heat tape such as Easy Heat or Frost King, your installation options are limited by the fact that you CAN NOT overlap those heat cables in any way due to the risk of fire. Wrapping valves can be tricky for this reason if you are using constant wattage cable.

We have Pipe Freeze PRO heat tape installation partners around the United States and Canada. Click here to submit your information to us. We’ll respond quickly and let you know if your project falls within one of our service areas.


Pipe Freeze PRO heat tape can be overlapped during installation.

⚠ Warning: Big-Box Store constant wattage heat cables can not be overlapped without the risk of electrical shorting, cable burnout or even fire.


Heat tape cables should not be installed in any permanently hidden areas.


Our self-regulating Pipe Freeze PRO heat tape can not get hot enough to melt pipes. It is quite safe and reliable for pipe freeze protection in a variety of circumstances.


Pipe Freeze PRO heat tape can be used on all varieties of pipes including PEX, ABS, PVC, Nylon, Steel, Copper and more.