Signs that Your Storage Unit is too Humid

hand-truck-564242_960_720Renting a self-storage unit is a great way to free up space in your home or place of business. Rather than cluttering your garage with excess items, you can safely store them inside the unit. But it's important for tenants to watch for signs for high humidity, as it can damage or even ruin their stored belongings. So, how do you know when a self-storage unit is too humid?

Condensation on Glass

One tall-tale sign of a humid self-storage unit is condensation buildup on glass. When there's a significant amount of moisture vapor in the air (AKA the air is humid), water droplets will form on glass. If you see condensation buildup on any windows or other glass items inside your unit, the environment is too humid and corrective action needs to be taken.

Humidity Gauge

Of course, you can always use a temperature/humidity gauge to determine how much moisture vapor is inside your self-storage unit. Most home improvement stores sell them for about $10 bucks a piece, which is a small price to pay for the peace of mind it provides knowing that your property is safe from moisture damage. Just hang the humidity gauge someone in your self-storage unit, and it will reveal how much moisture vapor is present in the air.

Ask the Manager

You may also be able to identify the humidity level in your self-storage unit by asking the manager. Even if it's technically not a "climate-controlled" unit, the property manager should have a general idea of what the humidity level is. So head to the front and office to inquire about your unit.

How to Lower the Humidity in a Self-Storage Unit

A good rule of thumb is to keep the relative humidity level in a self-storage unit under 50%. If it goes above this amount, there's a greater risk of moisture damaging occurring to your belongings. So, what steps can you take to lower the humidity in your self-storage unit?

The easiest solution is to choose a climate-controlled unit, as these give you full control over the temperature and humidity. But if this isn't an option, you can always lower the humidity by installing a dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers work by extracting moisture from the air. Once activated, it will pull moisture from the surrounding air, displacing it into a tank. After a couple of days, you must empty this tank in order for the dehumidifier to continue operating.

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