Sweating pipes occur when the water inside your plumbing is much colder than the air outside the pipe, causing condensation to develop on the exterior of the pipe in question. When the temperature difference is extreme and the air humid enough, a great deal of water can form, which can cause water damage and promote mold and mildew growth, a serious health hazard. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to stop your plumbing from sweating.
Insulate the Pipes
Installing insulation around your pipes can help keep your water cool as well as reduce the amount of condensation that forms on your pipes. Plumbing insulation can be found at most hardware stores, and adheres tightly to your plumbing to provide a barrier between the surface of the pipe and the air surrounding it. This insulation also helps prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter, which can cause the pipes to burst.
Use a Dehumidifier
If the sweating pipe is located in a crawl space or in another area where there is enough space to place a portable dehumidifier, you should do so. The unit will remove water from the air surrounding the pipes, which will reduce the amount of sweating that occurs as there will be less water in the air to condense. While this is more of a stopgap measure than an actual fix, it can still be extremely effective at reducing the amount of water that sweats from your plumbing, and the overall humidity levels in your home, increasing your comfort level.
Check the Gutters
Sweating pipes occur most commonly in the basement of your home, which is usually a humid area and has the most amount of exposed plumbing. However, excess humidity in your basement may be caused by a failure in your gutter system, strange though it sounds.
Check your gutters to ensure that there are no holes or blockages in the system, and that the drainpipe is in good working order. If your gutters are not working properly, water can overflow during rainfall and seep into the foundation of your home, where it can cause water damage and also increase the amount of humidity in the air. This in turn will increase the amount of water that forms on exposed pipes due to condensation. Fixing problems in your gutter system can help reduce the amount of moisture in your basement and the amount of water that collects on your exposed plumbing.
For more information on improving your plumbing, contact a company like Action Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.Share
6 October 2015
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.