Out with the heat tape! While we saw neighbors crawling in deep snow to get under their houses to defrost or replace burst pipes, my son has experience with heat tape from his days working on Septa in Philly and enviromental spills. Almost immediately after attaching the heat tape to the cold water, it began to run free into the sink.
Funny how people won't listen. Here is western Pa., people don't believe in insulation and laughed at "tape" to defrost pipes. While they were still knee deep in snow and ice, we were fixed and off to the mall for batting and thread.
If you've never seen what -24 looks like, I took some photo's along the way to the mall.