For many homeowners, the attic is a place to store items that they use infrequently. Issues are often missed since most people don’t think about their attic unless they need to look for
Why You Should Regularly Inspect Your Attic!
Dated: October 15 2020
For many homeowners, the attic is a place to store items that they use infrequently. Issues are often missed since most people don’t think about their attic unless they need to look for something stored there and since many homeowners don’t know how to spot signs of problems. You should regularly inspect your attic, or have it inspected by a professional, to identify issues before they become too serious and require costly repairs.
Ventilation is necessary to allow moisture and heat to escape. Insufficient ventilation can lead to high heating and air conditioning bills. Check to make sure your attic has enough vents and that they aren’t blocked by dirt, dust or belongings stored in the areas around them.
The R-value, which measures insulation’s efficiency, can change over time if the insulation is compressed or disturbed. Check to see if your attic has enough insulation. If not, have more installed to make the house more energy efficient.
Since the house’s framing is exposed in the attic and in few other areas, an inspection of the attic framing can provide a good indication of the roof’s overall condition. If the framing is damaged, the roof may have more widespread damage that may become even worse if a storm brings strong winds.
Areas around the chimney and vents are prone to leakage. Water leaking into an attic can cause wood to rot and can cause mold that can endanger your family’s health.
Birds, raccoons, rats, mice, squirrels and bats often choose attics when looking for warmth and shelter. Pests can leave urine and droppings that may spread diseases. In addition, they can damage insulation, wires, sheetrock and wood and may even chew through electrical wires, which can create a fire hazard.
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