Protect Your Pipes From Freezing with Pipe Freeze PRO Heat Tape
Prevent frozen pipes with the best pipe-trace heat tape on the market, packaged in this convenient kit. Our Pipe Freeze Kit includes a designated length of Pipe Freeze Pro Self-regulating heat tape (cable), a roll of fiberglass heat-resistant installation tape and our quick-guide set up and installation manual.
Can I use Pipe Freeze Pro to Prevent My Pipes from Freezing?
Pipe Freeze Pro can be used to prevent pipe freezing on almost all types of plumbing pipe. Different applications and installation techniques will depend on the material, the diameter of the pipe, and the ambient temperature of the environment of which the pipe resides.
Refer to our instruction manual for the best practices for your pipe freeze prevention project.
Questions about Pipe Freeze Pro?
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PipeFreeze PRO Product Questions
Pipe Freeze Pro heat tape is a self-regulating pipe trace heating cable. Self-regulating means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power. When it gets warmer, it produces less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your pipes from freezing. This pipe trace heat tape adjusts heat output to equal the heat loss of the pipe it is installed on. As pipe temperatures fall, our heat tape calls for more power because the carbon-populated core of the cable shrinks microscopically, decreasing the space between the carbon atoms and thus increasing the conductive pathways between the two main bus wires of the cable. More pathways equals more electrical resistance, which in turn equal more heat.
⚠ Notice: Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant wattage” means: it is always on. It’s always drawing full power and costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.
How does pipe trace heat tape “self regulate”?
The core of our pipe trace heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.
Can I accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?
No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, self-regulating heat tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.
There’s also some safety considerations.
Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.
The Thermostat allows the Heat Tape to completely shut off and draw (effectively) no power until it detects temperatures below 37ºF. Once it turns on, the self-regulating aspect takes over and directs heat to the area(s) of the cable that are in contact with the cold.
Because it is recommended that you insulate over your pipe once the Pipe Freeze Heat Tape is installed, the heat tape itself will be insulated from the ambient air that surrounds the pipe. The thermostat should be positioned out side of the insulating layer so it can effectively read the temp of the air.
Not very hot.
Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.
This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).
We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)
Pipe Freeze PRO heat tape is designed with a built in thermostat to reduce power consumption (to effectively nothing) when temperatures are high enough that pipes won’t freeze. It is because of this function, that when you plug in your Pipe Freeze Pro Heat Tape, you may not feel any heat.
You can test your Pipe Freeze Pro Heat Tape by resting an ice pack (a ziplock bag filled with ice will suffice) on the thermostat and plugging in your cable. Once this is done, the cable will be slightly warm to the touch within 30 minutes.
Keep in mind that the self-regulating cable gets warmer as the temperatures it is in contact with are colder, so unless you are in an area where the ambient temps are below freezing the temperature of the cable will remain relatively low.