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Sweating Pipes And Pressure Tanks – What To Do To Stop It

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Many home basements have issues with dampness. One symptom of moisture issues in your basement is sweating pipes and well pressure tanks. So, what causes the pipes and tanks to sweat? What can you do to put a stop to it?       

What causes pipe and tank sweating in basements?

The sweating is caused by the moisture that seeps through the concrete floor and walls causing water vapor in the basement. The water vapor then settles on the coolest surfaces, which is the cold waterlines and pressure tank.

What can be done to prevent pipe and tank sweating in basements?

The only way to put a stop to this problem is to put a stop to the water vapors. There are several steps to eliminating moisture in your basement.

Repair All Leaks

Now, this doesn't mean just the leaks in your plumbing – it includes the leaks in the walls and flooring as well. If you notice areas of the walls and flooring that are much wetter than the rest of the basement, those areas likely have leaks. Patch the leaks with concrete patching compound and finish with a coat of waterproofing compound.

Note: Some wall and flooring leaks are so severe that this method of repair won't put a stop to the water seeping into your basement. If this is the case, exterior drains will need to be installed.

Stop Exterior Moisture Problems

Inspect the exterior of your home. Look for any water that is puddled around the foundation. During a heavy rain, get out your umbrella and walk around the house to find areas that the water is running towards your foundation and mark them with a post.

Once you have marked the areas, add soil to the ground to improve the slope. You want the ground to slope away from the home so that the water runs down the slope and away from the house.

Another problem that many people don't realize is a problem is bushes, shrubs and vegetation around the foundation. The roots of these plants hold moisture and prevent the sun from drying the water quickly. This allows for more moisture to seep into your basement for days after the rains have stopped.

Wrap the Pipes and Tank

To put a stop to the sweating, wrap the pipes and tank with plastic vapor sheeting. This will prevent the moist air from settling on the exterior and causing them to build up the moisture. Another option is to wrap the pipes with foam pipe wrap. This is a little easier than working with the plastic sheeting and it will be as effective.

These steps should help put a stop to the pipe and tank sweating in your basement. If not, there are more issues that need to be addressed. Talk with a local waterproofing specialist (such as one from Fire & Flood Services Inc) to find out more.

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4 August 2015