Why are my pipes dripping?

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I’m working on my basement and I noticed that my copper pipes have drips of moisture. Can I do anything about it? I don’t want my drywall to be damp.

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  1. This is most likely caused by cool water running through the copper line in a warm humid space. Basically the moisture in the air in your basement is condensing on the cool copper pipe thus the drip. To make sure this isn’t a leak from somewhere else the copper hot water pipe shouldn’t be too far from the cold pipe. Take a look to see if it has any condensation on it. If it doesn’t then what I have said above is the problem. To rectify the issue install pipe insulation around the cold copper line and the drip should go away.

    Let me know if you have any further questions,

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