Condensation on new pipes

Old 08-27-01, 04:58 PM
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Have new build in michigan with well. My cold water copper pipes and water softener in basement are non-stop sweating. Is there anyway to stop this ? Is there something I can isulate them with ?

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Old 08-27-01, 06:09 PM
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You can get snap-on pipe insulation and insulation to wrap the softener. However, that's not going to solve your main problem (poor air circulation).
They sweat, of course, from warmer moisture in the air condensing on the colder water pipes and softener.
You have a bigger problem with poor ventilation in the basement, which will cause mold and mildew on wood and concrete (plus everything else in the basement), in addition to sweat on pipes, fixtures and HVAC duct work. Condensation drip from pipes is just the first indication of the problem.
Make sure that you have some type of warm weather cross-ventilation screened openings for the basement, and it would help to add an exhaust fan (or even an oscillating fan) to move the air and moisture down there.
You definitely do NOT want to allow mold and mildew to get started.
Good Luck! Mike

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