I started talking about electric trace heating with the guys who take care of facilities at Limerick Institute of Technology when some of the water pipes froze in the Clonmel campus last year. I learned how an easily-installed system could maintain or raise the temperature of the small high pressure pipe running into our home. I'm looking at schematics that show how to install an electrical heating element along four metres of pipe that is currently buried less than four inches below ground level now. I've got the thermal insulation already to retain heat losses from the pipe. I have an electrical circuit figured out for power to the heat element. And I'll use some Christmas money to finish the job, knowing that we'll enjoy an uninterrupted flow of water this holiday season. But as I finish the job, I wonder why some Irish authority doesn't inspect homes that Irish builders construct. There's no way that a family home should be considered worthy of occupation when its main water supply is buried in topsoil.
Randall and Daniels Frost Guard should do the trick.
Listen to my joy with water in my kettle.