Frost Protection Trace Heating Contractors

Trace heating frost protection is an electrical heating element attached to the full length of a pipe. After being fixed to the pipe it is then covered with thermal insulation in order to stop potential heat loss and prevent pipes from freezing. Frost protection is provided through the temperature of the pipe being maintained at a certain level. Changes to this temperature can be made by altering the output to the cable fixed to the pipe using thermostat controls.

Trace Heating Frost Protection for Pipes

During winter, outside temperatures can drop extremely low and, at times, fall below freezing. Frost protection trace heating is the process of raising or maintaining pipe or vessel temperatures using specially engineered cables. This generally serves to prevent pipes from freezing and then bursting – a potential issue that arises when the temperature drops below zero and the ice begins to expand inside the pipe.

It’s not simply increasing the temperatures of these pipes and vessels, but also maintaining them at your chosen level. Trace heating frost protection cables are often used in conjunction with cladding and pipe insulation, as alone, it would not be enough to prevent freezing or temperature drops.

Replacing broken pipes can prove incredibly costly. If you’re a business that’s potentially susceptible to being affected by many frozen pipes, installing a frost protection trace heating system could be an extremely worthwhile decision – one that will ease your worries about the cold winter frost causing issues for your business. As leading commercial & industrial insulation contractors, you can rely on us to correctly install your trace heating and protect your pipes.

Expert Frost Protection Trace Heating Installers

With over 40 years of combined experience in the industry, we take great pride in being accredited as safe contractors, demonstrating our commitment to industry regulations and customer service. Our qualified team is highly experienced in installing frost protection trace heating systems.

At Thermal Clad Ltd, our primary focus involves installing frost protection trace heating for various pipework types, including CWS (Cold Water Services), CAT5 (Cat 5 CWS), LTHW (Low Temperature Hot Water Pipework), CHW (Chilled Water Pipework), and Process Pipework. We offer comprehensive trace heating frost protection systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications, including ATEX-certified products for hazardous environments.

Our past installations have been for pipework systems situated in external plant compounds or cold areas of buildings, such as basements, bin stores, roofs, and washdown area pipework connected to external BIP taps. There have been other instances where we have installed frost protection trace heating. This includes tanks, vessels, and process pipework in water treatment plants where the pipework is exposed to external weather conditions and there’s a risk of fluid freezing.

If you require a frost protection trace heating contractor, please get in touch with us today or share your details for your free quote.

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Frost Protection Trace Heating - Key Benefits


Greater energy efficiency

An important benefit of pipe frost protection for outdoor pipework (including factory pipework) is that it assists in conserving energy and will help make your building more efficient. Whether it’s a factory, office or residential building, the result is the same. Installing trace heating frost protection ensures that your pipes don’t freeze and allows you to maintain the temperature, inherently using less energy and removing the need to reheat the water. This increase in energy efficiency will help to lower your energy bills over cold, difficult winters.


A cost-effective solution

Owing to its increased energy efficiency and durability, the installation of trace heating frost protection is a cost-effective solution. The initial investment is required, though you are very likely to save money in the long term, as the cost of replacing burst pipes will be high – and this doesn’t consider the impact on your company’s productivity. Furthermore, broken pipes may lead to flooding and damage to the wider work environment, potentially leading to operational downtime, a trace heating frost protection kit is a smart long-term investment that will spare you from future headaches.


Prevent damage to pipework

Investing in frost protection for water pipes will heavily reduce or even eliminate the risk of damaged pipework or vessels. Pipes may burst as a result of ice expanding or because of general structural damage that may result in operations being temporarily halted. Moreover, if not caught in good time, burst pipes can lead to flooding of premises, destroyed property and uninhabitable workplace environments. Installing a frost protection trace heating kit will protect you against the financial cost of having to pause operations, as well as having to replace broken pipes.

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