Frequently Asked Questions
Pipe Freeze Installation
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.
Heat tape cables should not be installed in any permanently hidden areas.