Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Works in gutters too!
Contrary to what the Home Depot employees will tell you, this item can be used in a gutter. The manufacturer confirms this on the Home Depot Q&A section. It works well to eliminate ice dams in gutters. I only plug the cable in when needed and has lasted all winter.
March 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KAK No Problems
No problems. Easy to understand ane use. What more can I say.
March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jason Great heat!!
Used this to prevent bulk rock salt from freezing in salt spreader. ( Not designed use) bulk salt if moist will freeze in single digits rendering salt useless when needed most. In stead of having to break apart and shovel out of hopper I can leave it in for frequent snow storms. Kept salt from freezing last night when it got down to -5f. Same salt froze in my loader bucket. Bottom line if it can do this it will work for your pipes.
February 18, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mrfixit my furnace drain freezes in winter and shuts down my fuenace. I am using this to keep drain from freezing on a outside wall.
Easy to use. Could use more info on cut on and off temp.
October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FrigidPipes Worked better than expected
I have 30 feet of exposed PVC pipe in Georgia, last night the pipe froze. I was able to disconnect the pipe from the water main, got the main flowing again. I wrapped the pipe following the directions at 7am and by 3pm the PVC pipe was completely free of ice. I reconnected the PVC pipe to the main and everything flowed perfectly. I think the diameter of the pipe was 3" and it was frozen solid.
Also, the HomeDepot website was super helpful. I found the item online at 2am, was at the store by 6am, had product installed by 7am
I can only imagine had I installed in preemptively I would have had no problems at all.
Highly recommend this item.
buy lots of electrical tape to ensure a snug connection to the pipe.
January 9, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by smith Limited application
I purchased this to heat the condensation pump that drains to the exterior. Unfortunately, it only turns the heat on when the pipe hits 38 degrees. This will not happen in the interior conditioned area where the thermostat piece is placed, which is at the beginning of the pipe near the outlet, not where the pipe has a freezing problem at the end of the run. I wish the therm had an adjustable location so it could be slid to the area closest to the freezing point of the pipe.
Probably good for other applications.
Note the ad says works on PVC pipe. There is a caution there in that water must be in those PVC pipes at all times.
December 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 76ct Works!
Had a problem with the heat pipes freezing. Bought it... Installed it... Problem solved!
March 10, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Netgeek Good if restrictions can be accomodated
This product is simple and easy to install and use. However, it has a few caviats. The packaging doesn't indicate the watts per foot. You have to calculate that from the total wattage on the UL lable divided by the length of the heating cable. The thermotatic disk must be placed firmly in contact with the pipe being protected from freezing. Also, something you don't find out until you open the package and read the insert, you cannot spiral wrap the pipe with this heating cable. It is meant to be applied in a straight line down the length of the pipe. If your application meets these restrictions, the simplicity of installation and use make this a great way to keep your pipes from freezing.
February 10, 2011