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Old 02-23-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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I have heat tape on the water line under my mobile home. Do I need to replace it every few years, or should it be good indefinitely? I would hate my water line and meter to freeze just because the tape wore out. I would rather be proactive, if this is a risk.

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Old 02-23-2011, 04:43 AM   #2
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As far as I know, like any wiring or electric cord, it lasts indefinitely. I've had mine on in my crawlspace for about a decade now.

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As far as I know, like any wiring or electric cord, it lasts indefinitely. I've had mine on in my crawlspace for about a decade now.
That is good to know. I was just worried that because it is on continually for about 8 months, that it would "wear out", but I guess other wiring does not.
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After you have unplugged it, or otherwise disconnected the power to it for the season, I would carefully check the entire length of it, inch by inch, for any physical damage, whether from rodents, rubbing on a tight bend, or anything like that. As long as the plug and the cord itself is in good shape, I would consider it "good to go".
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