What heating cable maintenance is needed to ensure the safety of my home and family?

Having heating cables installed provides several benefits during the cold seasons. However, without proper care and maintenance, heating cables could put your home at risk. Continue reading for advice from these professionals to help keep your home and family safe.

Josh Riutta

Josh Riutta

Josh Riutta, Owner of Mikku and Sons Roofing.

Take Preventive Measures

These are some of the measures you could take to prevent cables from putting your home at risk;

  • Don’t put the cables near any live heat source.
  • Regularly check for any damaged or exposed parts of the cable.
  • Put the cables away from water contact.
  • Don’t run the cables under doors, furniture, or carpets.
  • Connect the circuit to fuse and circuit breakers in case of an electric surcharge.
  • Limit the use of electric power cords.

Regularly Check Wiring

Heating cables are a vital part of your home heating system and should be maintained properly to prevent them from putting your home at risk. The following are some tips for keeping your heating cables in good condition:

  • Regularly inspect the insulation and coil of the cable for wear or damage. This can indicate that the cable is not being used or requires replacement.
  • Check the connections between the cable and the heating unit. Make sure that the cable and connections are secure. If you feel a lot of movement, it may be because the heating unit is loose and needs to be tightened.
  • Check the insulation covering the cable for signs of damage or wear at least every six months. This can be done by gently touching one end of the cable to a metal surface and feeling for warmth; if there is excessive heat, it indicates that the insulation is worn or defective. If you are unsure whether it needs to be replaced, contact a professional for advice.
  • Carry out cable replacement when necessary, based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.

By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your home’s wiring is safe and sound. Remember, the most important thing to do is regularly check your home’s wiring. Wiring can be dangerous if it falls below industry standards, which your local utility company or a qualified electrician can tell you about.

Ben Green

Ben Green

Ben Green, Founder of  Green Leaf Air.
Tiffany Payne

Tiffany Payne

Tiffany Payne, Director of Marketing Orangeries UK.

Follow These Tips

During Storms, Use Less Electricity.
A lightning bolt can induce a short circuit, which can be exceedingly dangerous due to the large voltage involved. Reduce your electricity usage throughout a storm to avoid short circuits and minimize damage in the event of a power surge.

An Annual Electrical Inspection.
At least once a year, contact a certified expert and also have an electrical inspection performed. Because they know how to rectify a short circuit, they can spot key issues & resolve them before they are harmful.

Install Anti-Short-Circuiting Devices.
A circuit breaker, often known as a fuse, is a circuit switching mechanism that prevents an aberrant current flow. It detects any variations in the current flow using an internal mechanism of spring or pressurized air. It will ‘break’ the circuit open, interrupting current flow. A fuse is a device that protects against overcurrent. When a huge quantity of electricity travels through it, a wire melts. This breaks the circuit.

Use Extension Cords Wisely

Avoid using long extension cords because they can cause your cable to overheat due to reduced voltage. If you need to use extension cords, make sure to choose heavy-duty ones that are designed for outdoor use and are grounded. For an extra measure of safety, use electrical tape to seal the connections.

Kristen Bolig

Kristen Bolig

Kristen Bolig, CEO, SecurityNerd.

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