I have an exposed pipe outside that goes into a trailer house. The
trailer sits about 5 feet off the ground, and is not skirted. (Didn't
get the skirting on before the ground froze).
I wrapped the pipe with a heat tape, then wrapped fiberglass insulation
(made for heat tape), and taped some electrical tape to hold it on.
It's working fine, so far, but we have not yet had below zero temps. My
concern is to keep that insulation from getting wet from blowing snow.
I did put about 6 feet of skirting right where this pipe sits, to
prevent rain and snow from getting in there since the pipe is near the
outside edge of the trailer on that wall. But with strong wind and
fluffy snow, snow could still get on that insulation.
I'm looking for something that can be used to cover the insulation and
is simple to remove in case I need to access it. I was hoping to find
some foam pipe wrap that has a split down the side, to put over it, but
it appears the stores only sell 1/2" 3/4" and 1". This pipe, with the
heat tape and the insulation on it, is close to 2.5" or 3".
* I just wish they sold that foam pipe wrap in large sizes. *
What else can I use?
I have considered using a 3" or 4" metal duct pipe (like aluminum dryer
vent pipe, and not snapping the seam together), or building a wooden box
around the whole thing, but that would be hard to remove if needed, (and
it's been too cold to easily build something like that now). Plus there
is a steep beam in the way (under trailer) so it would be hard to fit a
box in place.
I've also thought of hanging a blue tarp around the whole thing, but I
know they dont hold up well in strong winds, and it could only be hung
from the bottom of the trailer with a few staples, so that dont seem
Anyone have any other ideas?????