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CooperChloe 02-03-2009 10:54 PM

Insulating water pipes?
 
What do I need to do to insulate pipes (water, etc.)? Any other tips for moisture prevention in an otherwise dry basement? I know I need a good dehumidifier. Anything else I need to do to the stuff above the ceiling before I add a dropped ceiling would be appreciated!

Ron6519 02-04-2009 02:54 AM

They sell pipe insulation. You go to a Home Depot or Lowes and look in the plumbing section. You will need to know the size of the pipe's diameter, the metal it's made of and the length of all the pipes so you can buy enough the first time.
If you live in a cold climate, you should insulate the rim joist. That's the wood that sits on the foundation wall.
Ron

Just Bill 02-04-2009 06:26 AM

If the basement is being finished, there is no need to insulate the pipes or ducts since it will be a heated/conditioned space anyhow. But definitely on the do list for an unfinished space. Insulating around the rim joist, any openings thru the outside wall, etc., is definitely a good suggestion.

Ron6519 02-04-2009 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Just Bill (Post 224877)
If the basement is being finished, there is no need to insulate the pipes or ducts since it will be a heated/conditioned space anyhow. But definitely on the do list for an unfinished space. Insulating around the rim joist, any openings thru the outside wall, etc., is definitely a good suggestion.

If you don't insulate the cold water pipes, they will sweat and drop water on the newly finished ceiling. Insulating the hot water pipes reduces heat loss which in turn saves you a little money as you will use less energy.
These pipes do not run in the conditioned space. They run above and behind walls and ceilings. But it doesn't really matter where they're run, they still need to be insulated.

Ron

Reilley 02-04-2009 11:11 AM

Cheapest I've found foam pipe insulation (self-sealing) is at WalMart in the States.


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