There are many people who dread the cold winter weather for more reasons than just keeping warm themselves. Frost and snow can bring untold misery to all sorts of people.Farmers, smallholders and horse owners face untold difficulties in getting a constant water supply to animals outside.Builders, sports facilities and many others who rely on water outside find that just when the days are shortest, the workload increases substantially.And almost every householder lives an anxious life wondering about frozen pipes, boilers and subsequent bursts.
Many people faced with such difficulties simply don't realise that there is quite a simple solution.
This winter, protect against condensing boiler and exposed pipework damage from frost and snow by using one of a range of outdoor heating cables, suitable for most pipe heating applications.
The cables can be connected direct to the mains for constant protection or through a Frost Protection Thermostat with IP67 external sensor for energy saving control. By using this and setting the temperature to around 5 degrees centigrade, the power will come on once the temperature drops to near zero ensuring that the pipes never freeze.
Self regulating cables are the perfect solution for preventing condensing boilers and water pipes from freezing in winter. Using a special polymer composite core, the cables automatically adjust the heat provided based on the ambient temperatures around them.
The cable is available in ready made lengths to suit most common applications but longer runs up to 95m can be made available on request. Run the cable in a straight line on the underside of the pipe and attach either with strong adhesive tape or cable ties at intervals to ensure constant contact between the cable and the pipe. Loop the cable around taps.
It is strongly recommended that all frost protection installations are RCD protected and all pipes are lagged after installation where appropriate.
For the first time, in the UK market, there is now an alternative constant wattage cable available.
The DTCE Condensing Boiler Protection Cable is a high grade constant wattage cable and can be installed inside or outside a pipe and has been approved for use inside drinking water pipes.
The DTCE cable is easy to install with a minimum bending radius of 25mm. When installing the cable, to prevent damage and early failure, be aware that the cable must not cross over itself and cannot be cut.
Both types of cable draw only minimal power and are cheap to run over long periods, especially when used with a Frost Protection Thermostat. For the peace of mind and ability to carry on providing water outdoors, this is a cheap but essential investment.