CRAWL SPACE MOISTURE IN WEST REGION
What are some typical characteristics in your area?
The region is known for moderate and temperate climates. Temperatures are generally mild throughout the year although there are exceptions in higher altitudes. In all seasons, the air is dry.
Ground moisture varies a little bit throughout the region. Some areas will have very desert-like soil conditions while others may have some ground moisture.
Residential construction in many areas has unique aspects related to earthquake protections. This added stabilization sometimes leads to compartmentalized foundations leading to air trapped in sections which in turn creates moisture buildup.
Vent Openings are generally smaller in size and often directly between joists. Many “standard” crawl space fans will not easily mount or fit in these vents.
Steps to solving moisture in a crawl space in West:
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: Evaluate whether or not you need to put down a vapor barrier with 100% coverage. This is a great tool to suppress and slow the release of moisture from the ground. Talk to your service provider about the specific needs of your home.
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 fans are designed to spread out airflow and operate quietly. The fans have extremely low energy usage.
Your installer will do a site assessment to determine exactly what your home needs. This example is for informational purposes only.