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    • Wassa123
    • By Wassa123 15th Mar 17, 11:22 AM
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    Condensation in kitchen on stopcock/in pipe
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:22 AM
    Condensation in kitchen on stopcock/in pipe 15th Mar 17 at 11:22 AM
    Our cold water comes into the house through the ground, and through the kitchen cabinet under the sink.

    This pipe is always freezing cold, which causes problem as the kitchen is generally warmer, and often this pipe is covered in condensation. This then drips down under the cabinet (through the hole created for the pipe) and may be one of the reasons we have mould behind this cabinet.

    Is there a way to prevent/reduce this? For example by putting the insulated foam around the pipe? Or would this just soak it up and be damp?
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    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 15th Mar 17, 11:39 AM
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    Lag it? .


    Try it and see. It's a simple job done for pennies and if it works, happy days.
    • cajef
    • By cajef 15th Mar 17, 11:47 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:47 AM
    This pipe is always freezing cold, which causes problem as the kitchen is generally warmer, and often this pipe is covered in condensation.
    Originally posted by Wassa123
    You have already found the cause of the problem, insulate the pipe to stop the warm air in the kitchen reaching it.
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    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 15th Mar 17, 1:39 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 1:39 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 1:39 PM
    A length or two of pipe insulation and some cable ties, job done. Doesn't need to be anything fancy or expensive.
    http://www.screwfix.com/c/heating-plumbing/pipe/cat831500#category=cat831554 (other suppliers available).
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    • Wassa123
    • By Wassa123 15th Mar 17, 1:58 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 1:58 PM
    Ok thanks, I'll try that.

    I was just worried about it condensing in the insulation, and it turning into a sponge.
    • societys child
    • By societys child 15th Mar 17, 3:24 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 3:24 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 3:24 PM
    If lagged correctly, the warm air wont reach the cold pipe, so there won't be any condensation

    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 15th Mar 17, 11:33 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:33 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:33 PM
    I was just worried about it condensing in the insulation, and it turning into a sponge.
    Originally posted by Wassa123
    If you use the grey pipe insulation shown above, it is a closed cell foam - In theory, that means it shouldn't soak up moisture like a sponge. however.....


    I gave a scrap piece a good soaking - It will retain a small amount of water, but nothing like a sponge would. If it really concerns you, wrap a layer of thick plastic over the top.
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