If you find a puddle beneath where your pipes run, it could send a sense of panic. Leaky pipes can often lead to further damage and high utility bills. Fortunately, the puddle might not be from a leak, but from sweaty pipes.

First off, the pipe itself isn’t actually “sweating,” per se. There is no issue with water from inside the pipe ending up on the outside of the pipe. Instead, condensation causes the phenomena, most often in the summer. 

This sweating happens when the water inside the pipes is much colder than the humid air around them. When that warm, humid air meets the cold pipes, the drops of moisture form, and when enough water condenses to the pipe, it will drip. While the naturally warm air of summer can cause this, the air heated by your furnace may also cause sweaty pipes in the winter. 

A great way to help stop the sweating is to insulate your pipes. Insulation is an inexpensive and efficient solution, plus it is a project that you can do yourself. The only things that you will need are foam pipe insulation, seam sealing tape, a tape measure, and a knife.

You should begin by measuring out how much insulation you will need and then cut it to the lengths that will fit over your pipes. Wipe the pipes dry dry before covering the pipes with the foam insulation. Once it is all in place, use the tape to cover the seams completely.

When all is said and done, your sweaty pipes will be resolved, and you can carry on with the peace of mind that all is well with your plumbing. To learn more about insulating your pipes, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.