Can heat trace be used on PVC?
Also, how do you install heat trace on PVC pipe?
How to Use Heat Tape on PVC Pipe
- Determine how much heat tape the PVC pipe requires.
- When wrapping the PVC pipe, start at the end where a GFCI plug receptacle is located.
- Slowly wrap the entire length of PVC pipe with the heat tape.
- Secure the heat tape to the pipe by wrapping electrical tape every two feet to secure the wire in place.
Beside above, can you use heat trace on PEX? You can use heat tape on pex, but you need to follow the manufactures recommendations. There is no real good way of telling if you need more for your pipes. Most of the time if your water lines are covered they should be fine.
Likewise, people ask, how do you heat trace a pipe?
Trace heating takes the form of an electrical heating element run in physical contact along the length of a pipe. The pipe is usually covered with thermal insulation to retain heat losses from the pipe. Heat generated by the element then maintains the temperature of the pipe.
Does heat tape use a lot of electricity?
Typical heat tape burns electricity at six to nine watts per foot per hour. That means each 100 feet of heat tape operating 24/7 can translate to an added monthly cost of $41 to $62 to operate heat tape, says Eileen Wysocki, energy auditor for Holy Cross Energy.