Sweating Pressure Tank - Solutions?

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Hoosierpopi, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Hoosierpopi

    Hoosierpopi Guest

    OK, Summer's over and the humidity is down.

    I have copper pipes in the basement and (before I wrapped them all
    with that black foam insulation stuff) they would sweat because the
    well waer was so (relatively) cold.

    Well, the pipe insulation cured that problem, but the fiberglass
    pressure tank still sweats and there is no simple insulation kit at
    Lowes.

    Has anyone had and fixed this problem?

    Interested in hearing solutions.

    Thank you
    Hoosierpopi, Nov 10, 2011
    #1
  2. Hoosierpopi

    bob haller Guest

    On Nov 9, 10:27 pm, Hoosierpopi <> wrote:
    > OK, Summer's over and the humidity is down.
    >
    > I have copper pipes in the basement and (before I wrapped them all
    > with that black foam insulation stuff) they would sweat because the
    > well waer was so (relatively) cold.
    >
    > Well, the pipe insulation cured that problem, but the fiberglass
    > pressure tank still sweats and there is no simple insulation kit at
    > Lowes.
    >
    > Has anyone had and fixed this problem?
    >
    > Interested in hearing solutions.
    >
    > Thank you


    build a lightweight box around the tank, leave 4 to 6 inches around
    the tank. use the great stuff spray foam to fill the box
    bob haller, Nov 10, 2011
    #2
  3. Hoosierpopi

    Tony Hwang Guest

    Hoosierpopi wrote:
    > OK, Summer's over and the humidity is down.
    >
    > I have copper pipes in the basement and (before I wrapped them all
    > with that black foam insulation stuff) they would sweat because the
    > well waer was so (relatively) cold.
    >
    > Well, the pipe insulation cured that problem, but the fiberglass
    > pressure tank still sweats and there is no simple insulation kit at
    > Lowes.
    >
    > Has anyone had and fixed this problem?
    >
    > Interested in hearing solutions.
    >
    > Thank you

    Hmmm,
    How about insulating by wrappung with proper material or jacket?
    Tony Hwang, Nov 10, 2011
    #3
  4. Hoosierpopi

    EXT Guest

    "Hoosierpopi" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > OK, Summer's over and the humidity is down.
    >
    > I have copper pipes in the basement and (before I wrapped them all
    > with that black foam insulation stuff) they would sweat because the
    > well waer was so (relatively) cold.
    >
    > Well, the pipe insulation cured that problem, but the fiberglass
    > pressure tank still sweats and there is no simple insulation kit at
    > Lowes.
    >
    > Has anyone had and fixed this problem?
    >
    > Interested in hearing solutions.
    >
    > Thank you


    Lower the humidity in the house/basement.
    EXT, Nov 10, 2011
    #4
  5. Hoosierpopi

    Bob F Guest

    Hoosierpopi wrote:
    > OK, Summer's over and the humidity is down.
    >
    > I have copper pipes in the basement and (before I wrapped them all
    > with that black foam insulation stuff) they would sweat because the
    > well waer was so (relatively) cold.
    >
    > Well, the pipe insulation cured that problem, but the fiberglass
    > pressure tank still sweats and there is no simple insulation kit at
    > Lowes.
    >
    > Has anyone had and fixed this problem?
    >
    > Interested in hearing solutions.
    >


    Put a pan and drain hose under it and think of it as a dehumidifier?
    Bob F, Nov 10, 2011
    #5
  6. Hoosierpopi

    Brian V Guest

    "Hoosierpopi" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > OK, Summer's over and the humidity is down.
    >
    > I have copper pipes in the basement and (before I wrapped them all
    > with that black foam insulation stuff) they would sweat because the
    > well waer was so (relatively) cold.
    >
    > Well, the pipe insulation cured that problem, but the fiberglass
    > pressure tank still sweats and there is no simple insulation kit at
    > Lowes.
    >
    > Has anyone had and fixed this problem?
    >
    > Interested in hearing solutions.
    >
    > Thank you


    Use a insulating blanket made for a water heater.
    Brian V, Nov 11, 2011
    #6
  7. Hoosierpopi

    JIMMIE Guest

    On Nov 10, 8:07 pm, "Brian V" <> wrote:
    > "Hoosierpopi" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > > OK, Summer's over and the humidity is down.

    >
    > > I have copper pipes in the basement and (before I wrapped them all
    > > with that black foam insulation stuff) they would sweat because the
    > > well waer was so (relatively) cold.

    >
    > > Well, the pipe insulation cured that problem, but the fiberglass
    > > pressure tank still sweats and there is no simple insulation kit at
    > > Lowes.

    >
    > > Has anyone had and fixed this problem?

    >
    > > Interested in hearing solutions.

    >
    > > Thank you

    >
    > Use a insulating blanket made for a water heater.


    OMG are you trying to get the guy killed telling him to use a product
    for other than its intended purpose is totally irresponsible.;-)

    Jimmie
    JIMMIE, Nov 12, 2011
    #7
  8. Hoosierpopi

    Hoosierpopi Guest

    On Nov 9, 11:14 pm, bob haller <> wrote:

    " build a lightweight box around the tank, leave 4 to 6 inches around
    the tank. use the great stuff spray foam to fill the box"

    Yes, I'd thought of this approach, but spray (expanding) foam would
    make it difficult to perform maintenance.

    Like the Water heater insulation jacket, I was hoping to find a
    "pressure take insulation" cover of some sort.

    The enclosure idea might work with regular (removable) FB Insulation
    material.

    One of the issues is that the tank is integral to my water system and
    removing it for a day or two to "fix" it is not the first choice.
    Better to have an ideal solution ready to go before having to
    disconnect one's water pipes. And, any such solution must provide for
    re-connecting the 1" pipes after the "solution" is in place.

    The way the Pressure Tank is installed, I was hoping to find a "clam
    shell" affair that could be easily attached and removed if necessary.

    The drip pan and pump system would work, but it's too Rube Goldberg
    for my tastes.
    Hoosierpopi, Nov 12, 2011
    #8

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