Water Dripping from Radiator Pipes

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Water Dripping from Radiator Pipes

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My living room ceiling is currently removed (burst domestic water pipe, unrelated to this question.)

With the ceiling down, the steel pipes serving the radiator upstairs are exposed. Last night when I stopped working I happened to leave a piece of insulation laying out on the floor, directly beneath the radiator piping. When I woke up this morning, the insulation was wet. Not soaked, but definitely a spot of water.

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The pipes feel totally dry, as does the insulation surrounding the pipes. So I'm baffled. Any methods to pinpoint a possible leak at the threads?

Any thoughts out there?
 
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Not foolproof but you might try pressing a spread out sheet of toilet paper to the suspected area on the pipe.

Toilet paper shows small wet spots quite well.
 
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Wrapped the pipes in toilet paper.

I worked in the room all day and the TP was dry. I went outside to shovel snow, and when I came back in the insulation was wet again, but the TP was dry.......

I'm losing my mind......
 
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Do you have a cat?................................

Or perhaps a mischievous practical joking house mate?
 
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I've told my house mates that it wouldn't be funny if they were behind this. I've got a tight schedule to keep.

I do have a cat....do cats like to pee on insulation?

The wet spot on the insulation doesn't have a strong odor like cat pee.
 
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I'm grasping at straws...

If it don't smell like cat pee, it probably isn't. I think you would know the second you stuck your nose into it! I once had a cat that liked to use the dirt in a large potted Ficus tree as a litter box. It took a long time to find that! The tree actually seemed to thrive!

You said you had a busted pipe... is it even remotely possible that water is continuing to drip from a saturated area?

My bet is on the housemates... set up a security camera.
 
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The broken pipe was about two weeks ago and we had dehumidifiers and fans going over a week. Plus everything is down so there's nowhere for the water to hide.

I'm sure it's not the housemates. And it doesn't smell like cat pee.

If the radiator pipe was dripping, would it likely be constant? Or could it drip intermittently? If it was intermittent, could the pipe dry off between drips due to the heat?
 
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I've got a webcam pointed at the spot. If its kitty.....no wet food for a month.

If its a human......no wet food for a month.
 
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ya know, when I suggested that it was a shot right from the hip.

I'll be damned!

Ain't that somethin...
 
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I will be double damned, what a call from NJ
 
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Indeed, brilliantly done Trooper.
 
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Do you have a cat?................................

Or perhaps a mischievous practical joking house mate?
Or perhaps both?


Talk about being caught in the act!
 
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