Texas is known for its mild winters and relatively hot summers. In Fort Bend county, summer can be long and oppressive, with humidity not found in other areas of the state. With the cooler weather of winter at an end, it’s time to address one of the most prevalent summer plumbing issues the area experiences—condensation.
What Is Condensation?
Also known as sweating, condensation occurs when cool water inside your plumbing fixtures and pipes rapidly cools the exterior. In winter, the surrounding air is cool and dry; however, when the warmer, more humid air of the summer season makes contact with these cool surfaces, droplets of water form. Eventually, the exterior of your pipes and fixtures develops a layer of these droplets, which often drip down to the surfaces below.
Over time, condensation can drop away from your plumbing fixtures and pipes and form pools of water beneath. If water collects on the floor, it can present a slipping hazard or even damage your flooring. If water collects beneath your sink, it can damage your cabinetry and promote mold and mildew growth.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent condensation from causing damage to your bathroom this summer. Many homeowners choose to incorporate more than one of the following condensation solutions to ensure plumbing fixtures and flooring stays dry:
- Reduce humidity. The least invasive way to reduce humidity in your bathroom involves running a bathroom fan whenever possible. In addition, you can use a dehumidifier in the room or install a whole-home dehumidifying system.
- Install insulation. Another way to prevent condensation is by installing external insulation surrounding cool water pipes. Similarly, you can insulate the interior of your toilet to prevent condensation from forming on the outside.
- Add an anti-sweat valve. Whether you’re experiencing condensation on cool water pipes, your toilet, or both, you can address the situation by increasing the water temperature by a few degrees. Installing an anti-sweat valve introduces hot water to the line and prevents condensation from occurring.
If you experience summer condensation in your bathroom or kitchen, Mr. Rooter Fort Bend can help. Contact us today to learn more about how you can prevent this common summer problem.