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Is it true that containers are prone to condensation?

John Smith
  • John Smith
  • 16th July 2018
  • Container Hire Renting Storage Space Self Store Storage Containers

No, it isn’t.

This is a myth. But it’s one you might have heard a few times when ringing around to ask about different self-storage options.

You may have been told your stuff will get damp after a while because that’s what happens with containers.

But think about it this way.

Containers are designed for use at sea and to remain watertight no matter how challenging the weather. All sorts of fragile and moisture-sensitive goods travel in containers around the world. That’s how items such as TVs, laptops, phones, washers, cookers — and even some cars — arrive in the UK.

If these high-value items didn’t arrive safe and dry, manufacturers would have found an alternative to containers long ago.

So it makes sense that if containers can keep valuable goods dry on the high seas, they can definitely do the job for you on dry land. And we’ll take care of keeping it safe and secure.

But it is true that if you do put anything wet in your container, you may start to experience condensation. Damp clothes, garden furniture and washing machines are common culprits.

Condensation happens when the warmth of the sun evaporates any water in the container. Then, as the container cools, drops of water drip from the roof onto the contents below. But — just to be really clear! — this can only happen if there’s something wet in the container in the first place.

So it’s simple. As long as only dry stuff goes in, only dry stuff will come out, no matter how hard it rains or how hard the sun shines!

And if you do need to store something damp, we can help. We have measures we can take to minimise the risk of condensation. Just ask us for some specialist advice.