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JeremyB 02-26-2011 10:05 AM

Cold water pipes sweating
Hi Guys

I was wondering if you could tell me why my cold water pipes are sweating in the basement? I live in Canada so as you probably would guess its cold out, but my basement is somewhat warm, is this why? I was going to turn on the dehumidifier and wrap the pipes in foam insulation. Would this be correct?


woodchuck 02-26-2011 10:17 AM

The insulation may be enough to keep the moisture in the air from reaching the colder pipe without running the dehumidifier but yes you've got the right idea.
At a time of the year with less humidity in the basement air you won't have the problem.

Redwood 02-26-2011 12:27 PM

I would check for a leaking toilet that is keeping the water in the pipes extremely cold...

Most of the sweating problems I see outside of the hot humid summer are caused by leaking toilets...

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