You already know that you sweat when things get hot, but did you ever think about your home’s plumbing, or the pipes rather, sweat, too? Although signs of sweating pipes aren’t the end of the world, it might lead to bigger problems. Look at your exposed piping; do you notice condensation forming on them? Sometimes, the condensation can be so heavy; it drips from the pipes and into your home. The dripping won’t cause a flood, but it can provide a nice home for mildew and mold, which is never good.
Here are some ways to get rid of sweating pipes:
- Avoid hanging wet clothes in areas where exposed pipes are, such as a basement or a laundry room, as it adds unneeded moisture into the air.
- Insulate the cold water pipes with foam pipe wrap, which can be purchased at any hardware store.
- If you have a sump pump, check to make sure it is working properly.
- Take a look at your gutter system. How does it work? Are they clean? If the system doesn’t direct rainwater away from your home’s foundation, this could be the source of your problem.
- Check the foundation for cracks. If water is getting inside your home, this should be addressed immediately.
- Run a dehumidifier. This will rid any excess moisture out of the air.
By following theses tips, sweating pipes shouldn’t cause you any more problems.
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Pipe Gripes is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling
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