In removing the ceiling tiles in renovating our basement, it came to my attention that the first 5 feet or so on water supply line has heat tape on it. While we've had no problems with it freezing (knock on wood), the pipe extends for a while at the same distance from the exterior wall, with the same amount of insulation. My theory is the previous owner added the short amount of heat tape as that is what could be reached without tearing up the ceiling. Since it's the pipe is easily accessible now, I'd like to do the entire run, just to be safe.
I was looking at the FrostKing Heat Cable Kits, and their FAQ states not to do it behind drywall without hardwiring. Before reading this, my thought had been to run a longer heat tape (approximately 30 feet), plugging into the same GFCI outlet the heat tape uses now. Would this be OK since the plug itself would be easily accessible? Or should hard wiring be done? If so, any recommendations on tips/tricks, or products? I have no attachment to using the FrostKing heat cable kits, so other suggestions are welcome. I've contacted FrostKin, but I have not heard back yet.