We all know the best way to keep pipes from freezing is to prevent them from freezing in the first place.
But which product should you use?
While every frozen pipe problem is different, this article will give you some general guidelines you can use to make a good decision for your pipe-freeze protection solution ...
If the entire length of pipe is above-ground, not hidden inside a wall, and less than 20 feet in length you could wrap it with heat tape or a heating cord and call it a day. Some external heating cables can be made for longer runs as well.
But what if you have sewer or water pipes that freeze under floors that eventually disappear into the ground?
You could use one of the products above and pay for expensive repairs to excavated basement floors and torn-up driveways.
Or you could avoid expensive digging and repairs by installing a heating cable that works inside the pipe to keep your pipes from freezing permanently. No digging, no breaking, and no wrapping required.
That’s where products like HotLine Internal Pipe Heaters can save you a ton of money.
Unlike external heating cables, heat tape, or heating cord products, HotLine’s internal pipe heaters install easily inside the water or sewer pipe through a clean-out or nipple for runs of 6 to 120 feet.
HotLine’s heating element is safe for complete immersion in wet or dry water or sewer lines. HotLine’s low-voltage, ±100º average operating temp is safe for PVC, copper, ductile iron, steel, cast iron, polypropylene, and polyethylene pipe.
If you live in a colder climate, pipe-freeze prevention is a must.
No matter which pipe-freeze prevention solution works best for you, proactively solving the problem now will save you a lot of money later.
Next article: How to Prevent Water and Sewer Pipes from Freezing Part II - An inside look at how internal pipe heaters work.