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
replying to Wayne R. Russ, Jayne Benson wrote:
From research I have recently done, depending on the level for instance for
industrial or just home use anywhere between four and five years I have heat
tape on my water pipes that run from the well to the building some is buried
underground which is rather difficult to get in and some is above ground. I
thought my well pumped died . I've been without running water for almost a
month. Living on disability benefits I don't get enough money to be able to
afford a plumber to come in and fix everything properly. Turns out that one of
the heat tapes had not been plugged in once I plugged it in and waited a day the
heat tape defrosted the pipes and the water started running again well
unfortunately that only lasted a day I am back to having no water I don't know
what to do, I lost my fiance last June and he always fixed everything I am
disabled and unable to do the things that he could do so I am sitting here with
no hot or cold water been living off of my neighbor's water hose to give the
horses water and the dog's water and they have 5 gallon buckets sitting around
so I can boil water so that I can sponge bathe and wash dishes this is not the
life I expected not at my age. So back to the answer for 5 years tops and then
change them out just to be on the safe side of course you could always check
them to make sure they're still sending Heat and I've never seen a fire take
place with the heat tapes you can't overlap them they're not supposed to touch
when you call them or run them along your pipeline you should secure them with
duct tape and they're not supposed to overlap.sorry for the rambling. Iam still
very sad. I miss my Justin
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
replying to Wayne R. Russ, Nevada Smith wrote:
We owned a mobilehome for 20 years and never replaced the heat tape. Never even
thought about it. However, we recently bought a new home and now it's on our
minds. My concern is: What if we took a vacation in the dead of winter and
while we were gone there was a power failure and everything froze up? Tip. To
make sure the heat tape is working I simply turn on a cold water faucet and let
the water run over my hand. You can feel the warm water which proves the heat
tape is working. Make sure you don't do this test right after flushing a toilet
or it won't work. It will take some time for the geat tape to warm the fresh
cold water that comes into the supply line.
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