It doesn't happen because of physical exertion, but sweating pipes are a reality - especially as the weather heats up. If your home's plumbing pipes are sweating, it's probably because the air around the pipes is humid and warm. This can happen in summer, when conditions are naturally hotter and humid, or in winter, when the furnace generates heat, keeping the surrounding are a bit warmer. You see, as cold water moves through the pipes, condensation occurs as this cold liquid comes in contact with warmer surfaces and moisture. No matter the season, dripping water from the pipes can create pools of water on the floor and conditions that lead to mold growth. Learn how to detect and prevent pipe-sweat.
Sweating pipes 101
Detecting problems with the pipes is a relatively easy process. Systematically work your way through the home, looking at all of the pipes to see if there is moisture on the actual pipe, or water below the pipes (on the floor or bottom of the cabinet).
If the pipes are sweating, the first thing you'll want to do is make sure the pipes aren't leaking. Visually inspect the areas where you see moisture, or hire a plumber to investigate and repair leaks. Then, move onto these prevention methods:
- Use a dehumidifier. This device will maintain a consistent relative humidity in places like the basement, where moisture levels tend to be higher than, say, pipes located in a ceiling.
- Employ insulation on the pipes. Wrapping the pipes with insulation helps keep humidity away from the pipes.
- Open the vents in areas where pipes are sweating, such as the basement or laundry room. When the A/C runs, it will help decrease humidity levels in these areas.
- Stop water from getting in the basement. This is a critical prevention step that helps maintain optimal a humidity level. In addition to sealing any cracks in the basement's foundation or floor, make sure the drainage system ushers water away from the home. Around the foundation, water that soaks into the ground increases humidity in the basement, too.
- Avoid activities that increase humidity, such as hanging wet laundry to air-dry.
There is a lot you can do to prevent sweating pipes in your home. If you need more home advice to properly maintain your plumbing system, get in touch with a professional to schedule a free home consultation. Or for answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.
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