Bought my first home just recently and had to shut of mater main to
fix a leaking bathtub tap. Main shutoff is in the crawlspace and I
noticed a lot of water droplets all along the pipe (almost side by
side drops) While it isn't 'raining' drops from the pipe I'm
concerned enough to ask you guys!
I had previously noticed the same large amount of water drops along
the pipe leading into my water heater but I had assumed that was
because the heater was under load at the time and may have been just
new cold water running through a warm pipe.
<goes and checks water heater again>
Actually now, with the dishwasher running, the pipe to the heater
doesn't have visible drops forming but it is wet to the touch.
Sooooo, my question is - Is this something I should be concerned
about or is it normal ? There doesn't _appear_
to have been any
damage from this moisture but I would assume any moisture _can_
Would insulating the pipe be the smart thing to do? I could do that
in the crawlspace easy enough but once it punches through the floor it
is hidden behind the drywall in a very tight area for several feet
before entering the water heater.
details : - 40 yr old rancher
- Vancouver Island, BC
- temp stays above freezing mostly but for some cold
- crawlspace with 1/2 dirt 1/2 cement floor isn't
directly heated but stays fairly warm through ambient heat
- 10-15yr old water heater (near end of life I know
but not rusted out, might need to be drained though)