Frost Protection

CU Heating are specialists in the supply and installation of trace heating solutions for frost protection and temperature maintenance across domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.

Whether you are looking to source a vital Trace Heating system for a nuclear power plant or frost protect the pipes in your garage we have the answer. Trace Heating UK supply only the highest quality materials manufactured in Europe, with over 40 year’s experience in the Trace Heating Industry we’ve seen it all, no matter how big or how small we can help you from start to finish. Give us a call today to discuss your Domestic, Commercial or Industrial Application.

LATEST OFFER – Safetrace kits

Safetrace kits are the latest addition to the extensive range of Trace Heating tapes and accessories available from CU Heating. These kits make protecting your pipes from freezing this winter both easy and affordable. Prices starting from £30

Safetrace offers a Plug and play system on a self regulating cable. Available in pre-terminated lengths of 1M-25M and supplied complete with:

Pre-terminated thermostat and end seal

Fixing ties

Warning labels

These 240V, 16W / M kits are an easily installed and cost effective way of providing frost protection for pipes in all domestic and small commercial applications. (Please note that your pipe work still requires insulation).

Whether your the foreman of a building site or the supplier of portable on-site buildings, CU Heating have a wide range of trace heating product solutions, to help protect against the freezing of pipes.

Our kits make protecting your pipes from freezing this winter both easy and affordable.

Helps reduces valuable work downtime.

Self regulating systems.

All types of commercial applications.

Don’t get caught out this winter, contact Cable Services for your trace heating solution.


What is Electric Trace Heating?

Electric trace heating is a system used to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels. Trace heating takes the form of an electrical heating element run in physical contact along the length of a pipe. The pipe must then be covered with thermal insulation to retain heat losses from the pipe. Heat generated by the element then maintains the temperature of the pipe. Trace heating may be used to protect pipes from freezing, or to maintain process temperatures for piping that must transport substances that solidify at ambient temperatures. Electric trace heating cables are an alternative to steam trace heating where steam is not available or unwanted. Other commonly known names are electric heat tracing, heat tape or surface heating.


Common Uses

Freeze protection: Every pipe or vessel is subject to heat loss when its temperature is greater than ambient temperature. Thermal insulation reduces the heat loss but does not eliminate it. Trace heating is used to replace the heat that is lost to atmosphere. If the heat replaced matches the heat lost, temperature will be maintained. An ambient temperature sensor can be used to energize the heating cable before the ambient temperature drops below freezing. For example, a 15 mm copper water pipe at 5°C with 25 mm insulation in an ambient temperature of -15°C will lose 5.3 watts per metre. To prevent the pipe from freezing, much thicker insulation could be applied but this is both bulky and expensive. A trace heating system can supply the extra heat to prevent freezing. A thermostat is used to sense the ambient air temperatures and control the trace heating to maintain around 3 to 5°C in the pipe. Typical residential applications for trace heating are the protection of water pipes against freezing.

Gutter and roof de-icing: Placement of heat trace cable on roofs or in gutters to melt ice during winter months. When used in gutters the cable is NOT meant to keep the gutters free of ice and/or snow. The purpose is to keep a free path for the melted water to get off the roof and down the downspout or drain piping.

Temperature maintenance: Hot water service piping can also be traced, so that a circulating system is not needed to provide hot water at outlets. The combination of trace heating and the correct thermal insulation for the operating ambient temperature maintains a thermal balance where the heat output from the trace heating matches the heat loss from the pipe. Self limiting or regulating heating tapes have been developed and are very successful in this application. A similar principle can be applied to process piping carrying fluids which may congeal at low temperatures, for example, costic lines. Industrial applications for trace heating range from chemical industry, oil refineries, nuclear power plants, food factories. For example, wax is a material which starts to solidify below 70°C which is usually far above the temperature of the surrounding air. Therefore the pipeline must be provided with an external source of heat to prevent the pipe and the material inside it from cooling down. Trace heating can also be done with the use of mineral insulated heating cables or constant wattage trace heating.