If you’re seeing water drip from your well’s exposed pipes, it could be a sign of a leak. However, if everything is secure and the dripping still occurs, it’s probably a phenomenon known as “sweating.”
“Sweating” is a term we use to describe the process of condensation accumulating on your pipes. Condensation forms when the water inside the pipes is colder than the air around it. This cooling effect draws the moisture out of the air, and it collects on your well’s pipes in droplets of “sweat.”
It may not seem like a lot of water, but this excess moisture can be detrimental to your well and your water in the long term. Mold and mildew love a moist environment, as do rot and insects. If you notice your pipes are sweating, you’ll want to take care of the issue before it turns into a much larger problem.
Most people think of pipe insulation as a way to keep their pipes from freezing in the winter, but having proper insulation can protect your well all year round! Self-adhesive types of insulation adhere to your pipes and prevent moisture from gathering, but there are other insulation options as well. A professional will be able to find a solution that works best for your situation.
For cases in which insulation is not an option, a dehumidifier can go a long way toward solving your condensation issues. Dehumidifiers suck the moisture out of the air, leaving none to gather around the pipes.
It is very important that you don’t mistake a small leak for condensation. Check your pipes regularly to make sure all seals and connections are sound. If you are concerned that you may have a bigger issue than simple “sweat,” contact a professional for a second opinion.
Here at Mosman, we’ve seen it all. From leaks to sweaty pipes, we have a pull range of options available to help you with whatever your well needs. Contact us today to get your expert opinion!