It may interest the readers of the Handy Man Home Tips Blog that a heat trace served to save the life of a dog. It is valid to inquire how this happened and for that reason the balance of this article will be dedicated to the purpose of answering that question. Before describing the exact fact scenario it must first be explained what exactly this piece of equipment is because although the readers of the Handy Man Home Tips Blog are generally handy and know their way around a tool box they might not be as familiar with this specific item.
Description of the Heat Trace
According to Wikipedia:
Electric heat tracing, heat tape or surface 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, to maintain a constant flow temperature in hot water systems, 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.
With that information let us now discuss how this particular piece of equipment saved the life of a dog. Well, it seems that a water pipe which supplied the contents of a dog’s water bowl froze when it happened to be exposed to sub zero weather. Now, because heat tracing had been properly applied to the pipe the water contained within did not freeze and the dog did not die of thirst as a consequence.