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Unread 01-29-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Anyone else have the occasional humidity issues with their garage? Sometimes the floor sweats in my garage to the point it looks like someone hosed it down. Clearly, vapor barrier wasn't used when the concrete was poured. I was more surprised last night to see my ceiling sweating quite a bit as well. I'm sure it's because it went from freezing and almost no humidity to 60°F and steady rain these last few days. Anyway, anyone else experience this from time to time?

Notice the shiny ceiling...



And another wet spot... I wondered if this one had something to do with the fuel/oil nearby.



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Unread 01-29-2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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Mine does this when I heat it. My tools get a little surface rust on them. frustrating.
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Yeah, this time of year everything sweats in my garage. I have an unfinished unattached garage and was hoping that insulation would stop that from happening.
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Images in the first picture appear to be from an unheated garage. My guess is the garage was maintained at a temperature below 60F. When the outdoors warmed up, it did so quicker than the garage. Dewpoint took over and stuff starts to sweat.

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Mine does this when I heat it. My tools get a little surface rust on them. frustrating.
Curious. Please elaborate.
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I only get the moist concrete. When I put a new AC/Heat in the house I included the garage. It knocks the humidity down in the summer
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Images in the first picture appear to be from an unheated garage. My guess is the garage was maintained at a temperature below 60F. When the outdoors warmed up, it did so quicker than the garage. Dewpoint took over and stuff starts to sweat.
I believe you're on the money. The garage holds a decent temperature but it is not typically heated.
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Does your clothes dryer exhaust into your garage?
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Unread 01-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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No it exhausts outside. I've never had the ceiling sweat before but I account this occurrence to the rapid change in temperature and humidity we've recently experienced.

The garage is attached to the house and is insulated only in the attic. The walls aren't insulated.

The floor has become moist multiple times but I tend to notice it most if I open up the doors and let air flow through. I believe the pattern is, if the air temperature doesn't match the floor, it sweats, which makes sense. It hasn't become an issue being that I've only seen it happen a handful of times. It's more of an annoyance than anything, especially since it removes the possibility of coating the floor.
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Concrete has a relatively high thermal mass. It takes a while to cool/heat up. Rapid changes in weather will out pace it everytime.

I keep my Jeep parked in the basement. If I pull out on a muggy morning, the whole darn thing gets covered in condensate. I have to wipe the inside of the windsheild in order to drive.
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Ever try running a dehumidifier in there?
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Unread 01-29-2013, 07:44 PM   #11
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It's usually not bad. I think I'm partially to blame for opening up the doors on a nice day considering it has been so cold. I think a dehumidifier would beg me to unplug it in these few scenarios.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 08:11 PM   #12
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My garage was the same way yesterday mine is attached and uninsulated and not heated most of the time. Talk about prime rusting conditions. I am glad that is does not happen very often.
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