CRAWL SPACE MOISTURE IN SOUTH-COASTAL REGION
What are some typical characteristics in your area?
It’s hot and it’s humid – but only in the summer! Summer months can have extended periods of time with extreme heat and humidity. During other seasons, temperatures are generally moderate, and air is dry.
Ground moisture is a significant contributor to crawl space issues. Water tables can be very high making the ground prone to flooding and standing water.
The climate is prone to wood decaying insects such as termites, ants and beetles.
Steps to solving moisture in a crawl space in South:
Step 1: Address any potential water intrusion issues with sump pumps, french drains, waterproofing or landscaping. Talk to your service provider to identify any concerns.
Step 2: Put down a vapor barrier with 100% coverage. This is important to suppress and slow the release of moisture from the ground. Specific materials can be selected with your service provider.
Step 3: Install an ATMOX System. This creates an all-encompassing moisture control solution by bringing all operations together.
What does the ATMOXsphere look like?
Let’s look at components of a typical 2000 square foot crawl space with ATMOX.
The ATMOX ACE controller and display bring all the operations together and provide a notification tool for status and operation of the system along with alerts.
The inside sensor and outside sensor provide data on temperature and humidity. This information is used by the controller to determine operation to improve conditions.
Wood moisture readings are the ultimate notification tool for monitoring crawl space moisture conditions. This is what you really care about – what is the condition of the wood in the structure.
These fans bring in outside air when conditions are met. This fresh outside air will effectively dry the crawl space through the majority of the year and will improve the air quality of crawl space and in turn the home. The Exhaust Multi-Mount fan and Intake Multi-Mount fan are designed with louvers to keep outside high humidity or freezing cold air from coming into the crawl space when not running. The fans have extremely low energy usage.
These fans are used to move air in hard-to-reach corners and to circulate the air within the crawl space when the exhaust and intake fans are not running. These fans greatly enhance the operation of the dehumidifier by extending the drying distance and effectiveness. The fans have extremely low energy usage.
The dehumidifier is generally used as a secondary drying action to the outside air. In peak summer months with high heat and humidity, the dehumidifier is effective in quickly reducing moisture levels within the crawl space. Dehumidifiers have much higher energy usage, so operation is designed to be used infrequently during fall, winter, and spring in colder conditions. Specific model can be selected with your installer.
Your installer will do a site assessment to determine exactly what your home needs. This example is for informational purposes only.