|Posted by Susan (error in first message) on December 27, 19100 at 12:03:24:|
|In response to Re: Electrical heat tape on water pipe in crawl space|
: If your heat tape is 18 years old--remove it and remove it now! See the article at http://www.safetydeck.com/nltr/safety18.htm to learn more about the safety hazards of old heat tape.
: Furthermore, you shouldn't cover heat tape with insulation--if you feel you must, make it fiberglass or some other fire resisitant insulation.
: : Any pros or cons on use of heat tape under crawl space? We had one put on which is thermostatically controlled, approximately 18 years ago. A friend told me he had his removed because of fire potential...tape gets old, cracks, gets damp, etc. I think mine has some insulations over the tape too. Does anyone have a comment on the safety of this? (PS - an electrician went under the crawl space last year at my request but said he couldn't tell the condition of the tape since it was covered with insulation.)
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