||02-10-2008 08:41 PM
advice on cold water pipe in basement garage area
I live in an old house, around 70 years old. It has a garage under the house in a section of the basement on the east side of the house. I'm not sure the exact story of how this area was originally used when the house was built, but I do not believe it was a garage. The neighbor tells me he gave the previous owner the garage door to install on it. But I can't imagine that he cut into the cement basement wall to put in a door, and did it with such clean cut lines.
To make a long story short, this garage is not the most ideal. The garage door is squeezed so tight into a small space that it just doesn't fit right against the frame, and will never be completely air tight. The major problem with this is that my city water enters my house in the garage at the floor of the basement wall. It runs up to the first floor rafters, and west towards the center of the house and my hot water heater. The problem I'm having is that when it gets humid outside, the cold pipe sweats tremendously and gets on my car.
This got me thinking about my water temperature. I've always thought my cold water was extraordinarily cold coming out of the tap. I just measured it right now and it's 42 degrees F and about 20 outside. I also got a really high gas bill this month and I'm wondering if my hot water heater is having a hard time keeping this cold water hot or something. The hot water at the tap measured 118 degrees. Is that too high perhaps? What is recommended?
Any advice is appreciated for the sweating problem and the help on water temps. If I need to clairify something, please let me know.