You’ve set up your best camping tents and the next day wake up. It has night rained a little, and you will find puddles in the tent. The tent is leaking, you think. That’s possible, but that is almost never the cause of the water in your tent. That is in nearly all cases the formation of condensation. You will not expect it, perhaps, but condensation can cause many liters of water when the conditions to be there. The one time it does happen and other times to a lesser extent or not at all. To help get out the dream, condensation in tents you can never completely avoid, but reduce can. From experience, know my colleagues, and I even underestimate the most experienced campers condensation and this mistaken for leakage respect. In this article, I will tell you something about leaks, and I’ll explain how condensation occurs and what you can do to reduce condensation.
Tents made of polyester can pass some water in some places at the seams. The seams are taped it, but in difficult areas such as points where additional tabs or the like are sewn (sleeping cabins for example), this does not always completely 100%. That is why we always recommend taking extra equipment to treat these areas as yet (on the inside). Leakage in the middle of the canvas is practically impossible, or it must be that there visible holes in the canvas if there is visible damage to the coating. It may be that there is a leak somewhere in a seam where the water runs to the roof, and it comes back down.
Polyester tent cloth has the disadvantage that it is not breathable. This allows condensation from the inside only one direction, and that is from the roof down. It seems leaks from the canvas, but in reality, it is so pure condensate falling because raindrops are tapping on the fly. We notice that is often underestimated this form of condensation. People think that only one can relate little water, but in practice, to go sometimes gallons of water.
Condensation has the following five reasons:
This happens especially during rain. The temperature outside cools down quickly and even then you often sit inside. The tent cloth thus cools down, and the warm air from the inside will condense on the inside of the fabric. The condensate can cover the entire roof surface and thus cause a lot of water.
At night, you lose quite some moisture on average half a liter per person, though varies the amount of fluid you lose a person. If you stayed with for instance four individuals in a tent means that about two liters of fluid. Also, this moisture will condense all against the fly.
In warm climates or climates humidity during the day high. Calls by day hot air into the tent, this air contains extreme moisture and is, therefore, condense as soon as it cools. Warm air in your tent you get when you cook in the tent.
Are you caught in a downpour and your clothes, shoes or wet towels? When this stuff is laying in your tent, you can count on considerable condensation.
Grass ‘breathes’ too. If you put your tent on a lawn, there is also the moisture/vapor from the lawn. The higher the grass, the more you get condensation in your tent. This applies to tents with separate tub (loose groundsheet).
The causes of the formation of condensation are known now. Condensation can not completely prevent, for example, you can not influence the weather, but there are certain ways through which you can reduce condensation. How do you do it?
As there are several causes for condensation, so you have several ways that contribute to reducing condensation.
Before purchasing a tent, look for ventilation. Choose a tent with lots of ventilation. Condensation can be reduced by making use of events, for example, by opening the door or ventilation windows. There should be permanent open several ventilation points. I often hear that people on one side of a window portion to open and think they thereby ventilate enough. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A dehumidifier can also be a solution. This is a reservoir with unique grain moisture, condensation, and musty smells absorb from the air.
Are you going to camp in a hot country? Make sure your daytime tent late as possible, and only in the evening when it is cool, ventilate goes. At home you do that, you keep close to the warm weather and lots of evening through late blow. The ‘night sky’ because it contains moisture much less. In a tent, everything can shut it be difficult without a solid shell.
Are your clothes and shoes get wet. Did you wet towels? They do not stay in the tent because wet clothing or other wet items provide a lot of condensation. They, therefore, lay outside the tent down. Do you have that possibility, grab the wet stuff than good in a sealed plastic bag to prevent air from the wet stuff can come into the tent.
If you cook at home, you usually put the hood. Taking the hot cooking vapors. If you are camping with a tent, you obviously do not have a hood. Therefore cooking outside (your tent). You can imagine what else happens when you cook in the tent. All that hot air is hitting the canvas.
As with cooking, of course, comes with a stove too warm air, which increases the chance of condensation. Avoid heaters inside your tent.
Do you stick to the five points above, you do everything possible to reduce condensation to a minimum? Maybe you have any additional tips? Share them with other readers and us on http://www.familytentcenter.com/