Homeowners should get into the habit of inspecting their attic on a regular basis. Doing so will prevent common problems like mold, mildew, inadequate ventilation, loss of thermal energy, pests, and more. While you can always leave this task in the hands of a professional, there are simple things homeowners can look for to ensure their attic is safe and sound. In this post, we’re going to go over the basics of performing an attic inspection.
First and foremost, make sure the insulation is properly — and evenly — distributed throughout your attic. If one end of the attic has a significantly larger amount of insulation than the other, gear up in a pair of gloves and protective eyewear and move the insulation around so it’s spread more evenly. Doing so will improve your home’s energy efficiency, which is something we can all use during the cold winter months!
While you’re up in the attic, look around the eaves for vents. It’s not uncommon for boxes, insulation, debris or other items to block these vents. And when these vents are blocked, the humidity from inside your home won’t be able to properly escape. This in turn encourages the production of mold and mildew.
Attic vents should be left free of any insulation and/or obstructions. If you’re going to install insulation over the vent, you must place a rafter down first to allow proper airflow.
Of course, homeowners should also look for signs of pest infestations during an attic inspection. Are there rice-sized droppings scattered throughout your attic? What about patches of fur or chewed wood? These are just a few signs that rodents are living in your attic, and allowing these pests to take refuge here can lead to some serious problems later down the road.
Moisture / Mold
An attic inspection should also consist of looking for mold, mildew and moisture. Black mold is one of the most common types of mold found in attics. It may start as small black dots in moist areas, but it can quickly spread and take over if left untreated.
Mold is the result of excess moisture lingering in the attic. This is why it’s important for homeowners to keep their attic properly ventilated; otherwise, there’s a good chance mold will develop. Check your vents and ensure the warm, humid air is able to escape once it travels from inside your home to the attic.