Winter Protection for Gutters and Pipes

Purchase Heat Cables:

Installing heat cables in your gutter, is a safe and affordable way to avoid repairing or replacing those gutters.  Installation is quick and easy, plus it will save you hours and hundreds on repairs or replacements.  Review what these cables can do for you and how to prevent damage in the first place.

Satisfied with Your Purchase:

If you read up on the review for pipe heating cable, you will find that anyone who uses them is happy and satisfied with their choice.  While the installation takes some time, if you are new to the installation, it is worth the investment.

These de-icing cables help with yard work, and are so much cheaper than the cost to do repairs.  You know that with freezing temperatures, you are going to get large ice build ups, icicles hanging on the roof, and snow shifts- but see what people tell you about these heating cables.


  • Prepare in advance and measure the area.  You will want the right sizes to be fitted for the pipe.  You can also pick up pieces for the downspout to make sure you don’t get damage there either.
  • Purchase a way to mount these to your roof, singles, or gutter. You don’t want them to be moved by the melting precipitation.  Some cables will come with clips for installation.

Follow these steps for installation:

Step 1: Now that you have measured the area, purchased the piping, and have the clips ready, decide how you are going to install.  If your cables lie inside the tracks of the gutters, install accordingly.  This is a review of wrap around cables.

Step 2: Examine the gutter for any sharp edges or burn marks from previous years.  Remove any additional casing, tape, or clips from the gutter to make this process seamless.

Step 3: Start your wrapping at the power cord end, to ensure it will reach the plug.

Step 4: Taking the flat side of the cable, press that against the pipe or gutter.  Tape the cable to the pipe as you work your way across.  Make sure that the thermostat that is attached hangs away from the pipe, and displays so you can see and read it.

Step 5: Continue wrapping the cable around the pipe.  Make sure it fits fairly loose, and space the cable as best as possible.  The recommended amount is no more than 12 inches and no less than 3 inches.  Ensure all of the cable is touching the pipe or gutter as you wrap.

Step 6: Now that you have wrapped the full surface, pull it snug and tight against the pipe.  Go through an place electrical tape or clips along the way every 6 to 8 inches.  Make sure it stays in place now, or it won’t last through winter weather.

Now you can test it.  It should be working properly.  If your cables come with plastic seals, place over for additional installation.  If you have questions, contact a service professional for help with instillation.

How You Can Prevent Winter Damage:

If you are concerned for your pipes and the upcoming months, the best way is to run electric heating cables inside the gutters and downspouts.  These can be turned on to melt away the water to prevent breakage in your pipes.  Allow the water to drain quickly and easily when it can run down the walks without re-freezing and prevent damage all around your home. Don’t let the winter weather get you down. Be prepared and have your home ready!

By Lacie Christensen

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