I have lived in apartments all my life, so I am new to this. I recently
inherited a mobile home from my father. In the winter it uses Heat Tapes on
the CPVC plumbing to keep the pipes from freezing. My question is, How often
should you change out the tapes ? How many years is a typical Heat Tape
expected to be good for ?
Any input, or opinions will be Greatly Appreciated.
Wayne R. Russ
I Truly Appreciate your response. I hadn't considered that possibility.
The Mobile Home Park where I live requires that we have fully
functioning Heat Tapes during the winter. They pay the water bill. At least
we do not pay our own bill individually.
I will keep my self more Aware and Cautious of the possibility of
accidental fire, but may I get a more direct response to my question, from
anyone, of how
long a Heat Tape is expected to last ?
Thank You, MM, for your words of Caution.
Wayne R. Russ
Heat tapes can last 20 minutes or 20 years.
Main thing is to use a mobile home "approved" heat tape---do not use
non-approved tape. The majority of fires caused by heat tapes is
improper installation especially wrapping the heat tape over itself
when it is not designed to do so.
The best ones (frostex, etc) are a cable that can be overlapped on
itself without danger of shorting out.
Occasionally hold the pipe to see if warm--even the light at times can
stay on letting you know there is power when the tape itself is not
poor guy didn't know about the dangerous combo of heat tape and trailers, I
everybody did. It is very sad that this product has caused as much trouble
as it has.
There are new versions that go on the inside of the pipe. I am not "sold"
on this either;
however it does seem a bit safer from a fire point of view.
The heat tapes we use in Alberta don't start fires - its usually the idiot
running the propane torch under the mobile that causes the fire! The ones we
use go on the exterior of the pipe, and must be installed carefully. If
there's a twist or kink in the cable, or if it's crossed over itself, it
will short out, tripping the GFI breaker. As Mark mentioned, a cable can
last as short as 20 minutes when improperly installed. If you're the type of
person that would rather change the tape in the summer, I'd replace them
every 3 to 5 years, just to be on the safe side.
Thank You Very Much for your response. I Do Not like the cold so I would
be changing the tapes in the summer when I will be less likely to screw up
Your recommendation on replacing them "to be on the safe side" is what I
was originally asking for. I do not want to wake up one morning and find out
that I had waited one year too many. :-)
Again Thank You,
Wayne R. Russ
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