One of the best ways to limit the occurrence of moisture in piping is to insulate the pipes. For this, professionals often use non-absorbent, fiber-free materials, which can help to avoid mold and its far-reaching consequences. Read on to find out other ways of preventing moisture in piping.
Identify the Sweating Water Pipes
If you keep having a moisture problem in your piping, chances are it’s not all the pipes that are causing the problems. Therefore, one solution can be to identify the sweating pipes. Unfortunately, it might not be easy to access these pipes directly, and without direct access, fixing this problem can be impossible. The first step should be to figure out a way to expose the pipes. Please note that you may need to cut into drywall or other finished coverings for this. Once you expose the pipes, you then find ways of preventing moisture penetration.
Eliminate Additional Moisture
After exposing the pipes, you will need to repair any issues that are causing moisture. You can even find that there are some leaky or dripping pipes. Depending on what’s causing the pipes to leak, you can correct the problem with simple measures like tightening a faucet.
Insulating water pipes, ducts, and fitting is a great method of preventing moisture penetration. Without insulation, there will be a lot of condensation, which can lead to many problems. A great material to use for this is a closed-cell elastomeric foam material. Apart from preventing the occurrence of moisture, this material is also a great way to limit the growth of mold in the insulation.
Avoid gaps in Piping Systems.
You can use ArmaFlex 520 to seal all your seams and avoid gaps which will help in preventing moisture penetration. There are other materials you can use as well but ensure they are non-moisture-absorbing. You should watch out for this, especially if you are dealing with chilled water and refrigeration piping. With these kinds of pipes, condensation can easily become a problem.
Apart from dealing with the moisture problem, you might also want to take measures to ensure that your pipes are not attacked by corrosion. For this, you can use pipe saddles as a barrier from their supports.
These will eliminate the risk of pipe corrosion by ensuring that no moisture penetrates and that metals do not come into contact with each other. This can all be achieved without mixing chemicals, straps, or hot work.