Water has many unique properties that help in nature. It is able to climb up the inside of huge trees through capillary attraction, and because of the way it expands when it freezes, ice will float on the surface of water instead of sinking to the bottom. While these attributes are very important for life, they are also part of what makes water such a problem for a homeowner. Another attribute of water is that it will condensate on cold surfaces in your home, and this condensation could cause water damage, especially if it sits for a long time in the wrong place.
To avoid condensation, you need to focus on two main goals – minimizing humidity in your home and removing areas where condensation can form.
Use a dehumidifier in areas where there is a lot of humidity, and insulate pipes, as well as, make sure that your insulation is keeping the outside air out.