7 Tips for Installing Heat Tape in Open Downspouts
We receive calls from architects, contractors and commercial property owners from around the country about the best ap- proach to keeping ice from accumulating in open downspouts. Although one run of Heat Tape PRO will probably do the job, we generally recommend two given the amount of ice that can quickly pile up in these downspouts, resulting in serious liability including property damage and public safety concerns.
Protecting Heat Tape for the Edges of Sheet Metal
A pocketed scupper passes through a parapet wall from a flat roof. CableGuard used where the cable transitions into the downspout. Protection here is smart because there are often sharp sheet metal edges present.
Separate The Heat Tape in the Downspout
Using our Heat Tape Gutter Separator Clips, space the two runs of heat tape in the downspout. Space separator clips about 36 inches, staggered between the heat tape mounting clips.
Plug-in Ready Heat Tape
Plug-in Heat Tape will need a nearby standard outlet. A ThermaCord can be added as an automatic thermostatic controller, turning your heat tape on when it’s cold enough to be needed and saving you energy when it is not.