Busted pipe at hot water tank entrance. Need advice

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Busted pipe at hot water tank entrance. Need advice

What's up guys. I'm new here not entirely sure if this is the right area of the forum but me and my girlfriend just purchased our first starter home. Its a mobile home and it needs some work. The pipes are busted near the hot water heater where the main entrance is. I am going to replace it with a pex pipe which is supposed to have a bit of stretch from what I understand?

I was then planning to wrap the pipe in heat trace with styrofoam insulation and wrap it with electrical tape. Should this be enough to prevent another freeze? Should I check for damage to the wood around the area. I'm half tempted to gut the area and just refinish it for peace of mind. What do you more experienced DIY'ers think?
 
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Welcome to the forums. Is your water accessible from the outside only? Pex is a good choice for re-piping, but still no fail safe for freezing. You don't "wrap" heat tape. It must be applied in a straight line. Crossing itself can cause hot spots. I would wrap the heat tape with a less combustible product, like fiberglas. Use metal duct tape as electrical tape will likely give way over time.
 
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Thanks for the info! I was going to do a spiral wrap spacing it out about 3 inches apart but I will see what it says in the paper work about wrapping that way. I'm a union electrician so I'm semi familiar with heat trace but it's typically industrial. I will check out the fiberglass insulation as well.
 

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