Pipes in basement sweat during really hot days

Old 04-28-06, 07:17 AM
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Pipes in basement sweat during really hot days

My pipes in the basement sweat when the temperature outside is over 70 with high humidity. I live in Upstate New York. I was wondering if there is a better way to prevent things in the basement rusting due to moisture than getting an expensive dehumidifier? I have shop equipment in the basement that I would like not to rust after a couple of years. Will covering the water pipes with the black poly foam sleeves work? Also, I have a radon system with a 4" PVC pipe that also sweats during these temps. Is there a wrap for this pipe? Overall, what is best to stop the sweating/moisture control?

Old 04-28-06, 01:11 PM
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Isulating the pipes will help with the sweating, but you'll still have all the problems associated with high humidty (mold growth and rusting). So your still treating the symptoms rather than curing the problem.

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