During the National Hardware Show this past May, my attention was diverted to a booth that had a very fascinating demonstration. They were showing a roll of silicone tape that could be wrapped around most any kind of pipe, or tubing including electrical wiring, water lines, even a radiator hose. It’s called Rescue Tape. Once wrapped in place, this tape is waterproof and even somewhat fire resistant. The demonstrations included wrapping a spewing water line, wrapping a pipe under water, and taking a flame to the tape once it’s wrapped around a tube and waiting for several seconds before it even seemed to scorch it. It will eventually burn, but not quickly.
Now you may ask, “But does it last?”. Well, so far, so good! I’ve had Rescue Tape wrapped around the water line for almost two months now, and it has stayed perfectly dry the entire time! I’m pretty pleased with it and would certainly recommend keeping some on hand for life’s little emergencies. I just would say it might not be a bad idea to practice. It tends to get stuck on itself if you’re not careful and it takes a bit of strength to stretch it as far as it needs to stretch to get the proper hold.
The waterproof tape comes in 7 colors, plus clear if you need to be able to see through the tape after you’ve made the repair. It’s about $8 to $10 a roll, for a single roll, but you can also buy packages of multiple rolls to get the price down.