How to Install Heat Tape on the Pipes of your Grass Valley Home.

Installing heat tape on your pipes during the winter months can save you hundreds of dollars from burst water lines to flooded homes in Grass Valley. These simple steps will help protect your exposed pipes during winter and help prevent a pipe from bursting in your Grass Valley home.



Step 1.   Purchase more heat tape than you think you need. The last thing you want to realize is that you don’t have enough tape when you are almost finished with the job. Measure your exposed pipes and make sure to buy a little bit extra. You can find heat tape at all your local Grass Valley hardware stores.

Step 2.   Place the heat tape around the pipes. You can either lay it in a straight line ( my personal recomendation) or you can wrap it like the handle on a baseball bat. If you plan to wrap it, make sure to calculate in enough length to accommodate the wrapping.

Step 3.   Protect the heat tape. Even though the tape will protect your pipes form bursting, nothing is protecting the tape itself. It is generally a good idea to protect it with insulation this will help keep the heat around the pipe.

Step 4.   Plug in the tape and set the thermostat if installed. Make sure to use the heat tape only when you need to. If the temperature is above freezing then you can unplug your heat tape.

That’s all there is to it. This is a great way to keep all those exposed pipes in your Grass Valley home from bursting. If you have any comments, please leave them here. If you need any help or would like us to come out and install it for you, give us a call at 530-272-9120.