How does water get in to my tent? Is my tent leaking?
If you have been unlucky enough to find water in your tent the good news is that it is highly unlikely that your tent has leaked. OLPRO tents are made to a high specification, using quality materials and components.
Where has all the water in my tent come from?
1 person produces up to 1 pint of condensation per night. 5 people in a tent equals a potential 5 pints of water. there are other sources of moisture, these can include wet shoes, clothes, dogs, cooking, even the air itself.
How does condensation to form in a tent?
Air temperature in the tent can become warm and humid from people, heaters and a lack of ventilation. When the warm air inside the tent hits the relatively cool fabric of the tent, the moist air condenses into liquid form.
Do all tents suffer from condensation?
The short answer is yes. This doesn't matter if you spend £10 or a £10,000 when purchasing your tent, In certain weather conditions the design of any tent can be overwhelmed by moisture. If it is a cold night and there is no breeze to circulate the warm, moist air out of the tent, it could be difficult to prevent condensation.
What weather conditions can make condensation worse?
Condensation can be made worse when the air outside the tent is significantly cooler than inside, especially after a warm, humid day. Rainy conditions also increase the chances of condensation occurring, often leading to the appearance of a leaking tent. Rain water on the outside of the tent, or rain water evaporating off of the outer surface of the tent causes the temperature of the fabric to decrease, leading to more rapid condensation as the air inside the tent comes into contact with it.
How do I get rid of Condensation?
Wiping the walls with a towel or cloth is a good way to remove condensation from the surface and stop any drips. Avoid anything touching the side of polycotton tents as this can cause water to seep through. If you are staying in one location, remove all wet items from the tent and dry them so that they don’t create more moisture the next night. Dry and ventilate your tent as best as you can.
How can you prevent condensation in your tent?
- Store wet stuff outside
- Don’t touch the sides
- Never cook inside
- Turn Heaters Off
- Pitch in a spot that gets a natural breeze
- Don’t pitch too close to water
If you suspect that your tent may be leaking and your tent is less than 12 months old, please contact the retailer you purchased it from (your contract of sale with the retailer should remain valid through any warranty claim). The retailer they will advise you of the most appropriate course of action. If the product needs to be returned for inspection. The more detail you can provide, the quicker and more accurate we can be in our response.
Products must be returned for inspection clean and dry. Any products received in an unsatisfactory condition will be returned to the sender without inspection.
Please be aware that the following are NOT covered in the OLPRO Warranty;
- General wear and tear over extended periods of use
- Flaws in the fabric caused by excessive wear
- Water ingress through fabric as a result of UV degradation
- Water ingress through seams caused by excessive abrasion of seams or seam sealant tape
- UV degradation
- Condensation, usually caused by lack of ventilation
- pole breakages, including collateral damage from a pole breakage
If you have owned the tent for longer than 12 months and you have an issue with your tent, then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org