How to Prevent Water Damage In Your Attic
How often do you venture up into your attic? If the answer that comes to mind is something like, “Once in a never,” or even “once a year,” then you’re reading the right blog! Your attic may seem like just that dark place full of fluffy insulation and creepy vibes, but in reality it can be scary in other ways: water damage can creep its way into the top of your home and cause some serious expenses if you’re not intentional about preventing it. Let us show you how to prevent water damage in your attic – you’ll save money and sleep better at night knowing that you’re covered by a safe, dry space that does what it’s supposed to do for your home. Here are five straightforward steps that you can take to improve your attic right away:
Do a thorough roof inspection.
While it may not be simple or safe to get on the roof itself, especially in the winter, you should at least do as thorough of a visual inspection as possible from the ground to identify any missing shingles or other spots that look like they could be allowing water to leak into your attic. When you head back indoors and climb up into the attic itself – and make sure to take a flashlight, respiratory mask, eye protection and gloves – then you’ll want to also look at the roof from the inside. If you can see any pinholes of light coming through, then obviously there could be some leaks going on and you’ll have some repairs to do.
- Inspect the attic from top to bottom. Continue your attic inspection by looking at all the trusses, chimney or other ventilation pipes and ducts, and any other surfaces where there might be a water leak. You’ll want to inspect the surfaces carefully for discoloration of the wood or insulation that could indicate water damage. Use the flashlight and be systematic in checking every surface on every wall. This will take some time to be done the right way, so when you’re getting tired, remind yourself that you’re possibly saving yourself a lot of money and preserving the investment you’ve made in this place you call home! Be careful as you navigate the space, too – it’s easy to trip and fall, or whack your head on trusses or other surfaces in the dark.
- Insulate properly. Consult your local home improvement store for the right type and amount of insulation for your particular space. If your home is older and hasn’t had new insulation in a long time, it might pay for itself in utility bill savings to have it replaced or supplemented to restore you to optimal efficiency. You’ll also want to check the insulation around any plumbing pipes that may be in your attic – this is more common in the South and since we’ve seen polar vortexes in recent years that dip all the way down to Florida, you’ll want to make the small investment of time and money it would require to get foam insulation around those pipes. All it would take is one frozen pipe bursting in the attic to cause many thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage to the rest of your home.
- Monitor attic appliances regularly. If you have an attic air conditioner, swamp cooler, or other HVAC appliances in the attic, it’s a good idea to peek at them periodically so that you can ensure they’re functioning properly and not leaking. Also it’s important to make sure that any appliances throughout the home (including the attic, kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms), have their exhaust air routed outside and not into the attic itself. If you’re just putting the air from these appliances into your attic, it can cause big problems for condensation, excessive moisture and eventually mold or wood rot.
- Improve attic ventilation. Along the same lines, you need to make sure that the entire attic itself is ventilated properly. This is most important during the cold winter months because warm air rises into the attic and can condense on colder surfaces there. So take time to carefully scan the vents at the peak points of the roof and make sure they’re not blocked by debris. Also check to make sure that birds haven’t nested in your attic – they’re resourceful and can find their way through broken louvers or dryer vent outlet covers. Keeping air moving through the attic will prevent mold from developing and affecting the air that you breathe in the rest of the house. So make time soon to take these five simple steps to a safer attic that’s free of water damage!
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More info? For information on preventing water damage in your home, read one of our other posts: Do You Know the Signs of Water Damage?