Condensation occurs when water vapor drops gather together. This usually is the result of high moisture levels. As a result, preventing condensation involves lowering the humidity level inside your shed. This is important because condensation and high humidity can cause significant damage to your shed, including wood rot, mold and mildew, and musty odors. Wood rot can undermine the structural integrity of your shed, and mold and mildew can destroy things you store there and cause a health hazard.
Things You'll Need
- Storm windows
- Silica gel, activated alumina, anhydrous calcium sulfate or molecular sieves
- Vapor barriers
Install storm windows in the wooden shed. The space between the storm window unit and the regular window serves as an insulator, preventing cold air from coming into contact with warm air and creating condensation.
Run a dehumidifier, if you have an electrical outlet in the shed. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, resulting in less condensation. Dehumidifiers range in size, so choose one that is appropriate for the size of your shed.
Hang chemicals that absorb moisture if you cannot or prefer not to run a dehumidifier. Hang packages of silica gel, activated alumina, anhydrous calcium sulfate and molecular sieves, which absorb moisture. You might be able to buy some of these at a home improvement store, but you might have to go to an industrial chemical supplier.
Install a vapor barrier. Vapor barriers such as polyethylene film and asphalt-coated papers help prevent moisture condensation in your shed. You can lay a vapor barrier on the soil underneath the wooden shed or install it on the warm side of the walls.
Circulate the air. Make a habit of running a fan in the shed every day. Open windows to allow a breeze, and install windows if the shed does not have them.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Why You Don't Caulk Under Clapboards
Clapboard siding was the standard for wood frame construction for over a century and is still used today for rustic construction. With...
How to Build a Vapor Barrier for a Metal Roof
A vapor barrier is used to block moisture diffusion through concrete or ceilings. Vapor barriers are usually foil or plastic sheets laid...
How to Prevent Condensation in Metal Sheds
There are several benefits to having a metal shed as opposed to a wooden one, the main benefit being that a metal...
How to Prevent Moisture Problems for a Block Building
Moisture can be an issue for almost any type of building, but it is even more of an issue for block buildings....
How to Protect Wood From Heat
Wood is a generally durable and aesthetically pleasing building material that is frequently used in floors and furniture. One concern with wood...
How to Prevent Condensation in a Loft
Condensation in a loft, upper room or attic occurs in several ways. Poorly insulated surfaces form condensation when inside air interacts with...
How to Stop the Mildew Smell in Storage Units
Many storage units are cold, dark and often damp places that are not opened or cleaned very often. This can lead to...
Types of Wood to Fix a Hole in the Shed
In addition to being unsightly, a hole in the shed can be a source for leaks and an entry-point for scavenging animals...