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Old 07-31-2018, 06:44 AM   #1
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They say there are no dumb questions so here goes......



On these muggy days, the water coming up from the well is so cold that it causes the toilet (and some pipes in the basement) to sweat profusely leaving a puddle on the floor. Any ideas on how to minimize this?
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:14 AM   #2
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On these muggy days, the water coming up from the well is so cold that it causes the toilet (and some pipes in the basement) to sweat profusely leaving a puddle on the floor. Any ideas on how to minimize this?
Warm the water to minimize the temp differential. An electric instant water heater, set to only come on at certain temps, would take the chill off of the incoming water and reduce the problem.

Or, insulate everything that is sweating to prevent the cold/moist outside air from contacting these plumbing components.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:07 AM   #3
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There are two things you can do:
1. Add a mixing valve and use some hot water to fill the tank.
2. Buy an insulated toilet tank. They have foam installed inside the tank keeping the outside of the tank from getting so cold.

You can buy a plastic tray which will fit under the tank on most toilets to catch the water. This doesn't solve the problem, but keeps the floor dry.
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After reading the post I understand, my mind went all over with the title.

I would start with insulating the pipes to see if it helps, pretty cheap and easy to do.
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On these muggy days, the water coming up from the well is so cold that it causes the toilet (and some pipes in the basement) to sweat profusely leaving a puddle on the floor. Any ideas on how to minimize this?
Dehumidifier for the basement and mixing valve for the toilet.
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After reading the post I understand, my mind went all over with the title.

I would start with insulating the pipes to see if it helps, pretty cheap and easy to do.
Exactly the opposite actually. The water is too cold now.
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Exactly the opposite actually. The water is too cold now.
For the toilet, yes. For the pipes in the basement that would keep the moist air off them. Sounds like a multi-pronged approach.
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Toilet tank insulator kit from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Keeney-K836-2...70_&dpSrc=srch

You can use pipe insulators for the sweaty pipes.
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Had that problem at my place in CH, mixing in some hot water resolved the issue.
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Had the problem once. I drained the tank, cleaned the walls and installed thin styrofoam sheeting along the walls and bottom. Was a pain to cut & keep trimming until it fit but it worked. Took me most of a day. If I had to do it again I’d just buy an insulated tank or a new toilet that had one.


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There are two things you can do:
1. Add a mixing valve and use some hot water to fill the tank.
2. Buy an insulated toilet tank. They have foam installed inside the tank keeping the outside of the tank from getting so cold.

You can buy a plastic tray which will fit under the tank on most toilets to catch the water. This doesn't solve the problem, but keeps the floor dry.
Can't help myself with this one .

Back in the early '80's, when remodeling the bathroom, to eliminate this problem, they did number 1. (Sorry, it begged to be said ). It did in fact eliminate the problem.

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They say there are no dumb questions so here goes......On these muggy days, the water coming up from the well is so cold that it causes the toilet (and some pipes in the basement) to sweat profusely leaving a puddle on the floor. Any ideas on how to minimize this?
Install a pump, and draw water from the lake?

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We are having similar issue with other pipes in our house and earlier this week plumber told us to run AC when it is humid. Thankfully we can remotely control it so now I just need to setup humidity sensor.
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They say there are no dumb questions so here goes......On these muggy days, the water coming up from the well is so cold that it causes the toilet (and some pipes in the basement) to sweat profusely leaving a puddle on the floor. Any ideas on how to minimize this?
Aim a small "muffin fan" ($10 new) at the tank to elevate the temperature of the water inside.


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