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Old 12-21-2013, 11:40 PM   #1
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Basement pipe condensation


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I'm not sure if this is the right section to post this in but I have some condensation on a large drainage pipe in my basement. The pipe comes into my basement from a gutter outside. My basement is warmer right now than the cold air and rain outside. Will pipe insulation fix something like this? And do they make pipe insulation for pipes this size? (About 3-4 inches in diameter.) I'm not very experienced with this stuff, but I try.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:52 PM   #2
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Simple law of physics. You could wrap it in the insulation, that they use for the large boiler stem pipes that are that sizeif you want to.

Now of course the million dollar question is, why is your downspouts draining I to the house, possibly in to the public sewer or septic if your are not on public sewer.

Downspouts need to drain out into the yard, not in to your septic, sewer or sump well.



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Simple law of physics. You could wrap it in the insulation, that they use for the large boiler stem pipes that are that sizeif you want to.

Now of course the million dollar question is, why is your downspouts draining I to the house, possibly in to the public sewer or septic if your are not on public sewer.

Downspouts need to drain out into the yard, not in to your septic, sewer or sump well.
I live in Buffalo and all the houses are packed right next to each other. So there is a walkway or driveway below every gutter on my house.
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Again,if the downspouts go into the public sewers, you can no longer do that. You are going to have to put extenders on the downspouts, to allow the water to exit away from the property.



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Again,if the downspouts go into the public sewers, you can no longer do that. You are going to have to put extenders on the downspouts, to allow the water to exit away from the property.

Could the pipes lead to the storm sewer?
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You can wrap the pipe with fiberglass insulation. You can pipe special pipe wrap made for rain water leaders but probably not needed in your case.

If your rain leaders were originally designed and installed to your sewer, or permitted this way, there is a chance that it is still allowed as it falls under a "grandfather clause". This is the case in my area. As the properties are sold or updated, the properties are required to separate storm water from sanitary sewer systems.
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Could the pipes lead to the storm sewer?
yes this an existing possibility.
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