Posted on April 10 2018
When you were a child, your toys were a passageway into new worlds. Now as an adult with a fetish for outdoor activities, your new toys serve the same purpose. If you’re a lake worshiper, these could be things like boats and jetskis. If you’re a mountain-dweller, we could be talking about your cross-country skis or your snowmobiles. Maybe it’s your brand-new road bike and biking gear, or maybe it’s as simple as your best set of running shoes and fitness apparel. Whatever your sport of choice, it’s vital that you keep your toys safe from the elements of whatever season they weren’t built do endure.
Dangers of Water Damage
When storing items in a basement, garage, or shed, it's important to make sure that they're protected from water damage. Water damage can cause mold and mildew growth if ignored. Also, many items can rot if exposed to high levels of moisture. For example, bicycle tires that are exposed to moisture for several months will often degrade. Anything containing rubber, wood, paper, or metal has the potential to degrade when exposed to high levels of moisture.
To reduce the odds of water damage, it's a good idea to install a flood detector in your basement or garage. According to ADT, a flood detector is a small sensor that's placed directly on the ground. If a room floods, the sensor will sound an alarm, letting you know that you need to fix the problem immediately.
Touch Up Moisture Barriers
High levels of humidity are also a common problem in some storage areas. To reduce humidity levels, it's a good idea to make sure that there aren't any points of ingress where water can enter a room. If you are storing items in your basement, it's a good idea to verify that the cement walls of a basement have a moisture barrier. While concrete may seem relatively solid, water can slowly seep through most concrete materials. To prevent this from happening, there are a variety of waterproof sealant products that can create a moisture barrier between a basement wall and the dirt surrounding it.
In some cases, a dehumidifier might be a good option for a basement too. A dehumidifier works like an air conditioning unit. It passes moist air over a series of chilled tubes. Moisture then condenses onto the tubes. If you decide to purchase a dehumidifier for your basement, it's important to make sure it's hooked up to the drainage system for a home.
By following these simple tips, you'll be able to protect your gear from all types of damage caused by water exposure.