How to Install Heat Tape. Heat tape is an excellent way to make sure that your water pipes don't freeze during the winter months. A broken water pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage, but this can be prevented with some cheap heat tape. The heat tape is fairly easy to install and will save your home from major pipe damage.

Step 1

Check your pipes to see if they are presently leaking. You do not want to install heat tape over wet pipes. Check the places where your pipes join up especially well for leaks. Repair any leaks before installing the heat tape.

Step 2

Begin by wrapping the heat tape around the pipe in a single layer. Alternatively, run the heat tape along the sire of the pipe.

Step 3

Use electrical tape to hold the heat tape firmly in place. Consult your manufacturer's guidelines for spacing details.

Step 4

Cover the pipe and heat tape with insulation. Insulation will help protect your heat tape from the elements, increasing the life of the tape. Make sure the insulation is waterproof.

Step 5

Plug the heat tape into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. You should find a GFCI near the water inlet on your home. If you do not have a GFCI, you will need to install one.