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  • Insulation Removal on US Air Force Reserve Base Attic Condensation
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  • Insulation Removal at Toyota offices Attic Condensation
  • Attic Cleaning at AAA offices Attic Condensation
  • Attic Cleaning at State Farm offices Attic Condensation
  • Insulation Removal at Wells Fargo branch Attic Condensation
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  • Attic Cleaning and Insulation Removal for Caltrans offices Attic Condensation
  • Insulation Removal at off campus housing Attic Condensation
  • Bird droppings cleanup in parking deck Attic Condensation
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Small Space Attic Cleaning - San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Attic Debris Cleanup - Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa

Recent Posts

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Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
February 10, 2016 Attic Guys
Blown Insulation vs. Rolled or Batt Insulation

When installing insulation in your home, there are several important decisions to make. These decisions…

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September 16, 2015 Attic Guys
The Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Most people know, as homeowners, that they should probably insulate their attic, but what are…

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Attic Condensation
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Causes and Solutions For Attic Condensation

Condensation in the attic is a serious problem that must be addressed by homeowners. If…

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Attic Condensation

Causes and Solutions For Attic Condensation

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Condensation in the attic is a serious problem that must be addressed by homeowners. If left untreated, it can damage critical structural elements of the home, such as the trusses and rafters, ruin insulation, damage any stored belongings, and lead to the formation of potentially toxic black mold.

You can prevent these problems from occurring by maintaining a dry attic with a low relative humidity. First, however, you must identify the source of the moisture.

Signs of condensation in the attic may include the following:

  • Moisture forming on the glass window panes or other flat surfaces.
  • Traces where water has trickled down the walls.
  • Damp insulation.
  • Noticeable musky, damp odor.

Common Causes of Condensation In The Attic

There are dozens of things that can cause condensation buildups in the attic, one of which is a leaking roof. Even a small pin head-sized hole can send gallons of water pouring into your attic over the course of a couple months. And to make matters worse, these holes are not easily identified unless it’s raining. If you believe a leaking roof is to blame for your attic condensation, perform a little investigative work the next time it rains, inspecting the roof for signs of a leak.

Improperly vented bathroom and dryer exhausts may trigger the formation of condensation in the attic. Both bathroom and dryer exhausts are designed to serve the same basic purpose: to vent the hot, humid air outside the home. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for contractors or DIY homeowners to run these exhaust vents to the attic rather than outside the home; thus, pushing the humid air into the attic. Check to make sure all exhausts are vented outside, not the attic.

Broken water pipes may also cause trigger condensation in attics. If the pipe is completely busted, then you’ll likely experience a severe flooding of the attic. On the other hand, if there’s a minor hair-line crack in the pipe, it could release a very small — yet still damaging — amount of water.

Solutions For Attic Condensation

Running a dehumidifier will help to eliminate some of the condensation in an attic, but it’s not a viable long-term solution by any means. Depending on the moisture levels of your attic, you could find yourself emptying it several times a day. A more sensible solution is to identify the source of the condensation and eliminate it. A properly designed attic should maintain a stable relative humidity (RH).

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How To Dry Out a Wet Attic

fiberglass-insulation-02Allowing moisture to build up inside your attic can lead to a wide range of problems later down the road. You may notice small black spots of mold forming on the insulation, boxes and even the framework in your attic. Large concentrations of this toxic black mold may cause allergies, respiratory infections and other alignments. In severe cases, excessive moisture can even lead to rot and decay, placing your home’s structural integrity at risk.

Unfortunately, attic moisture is a problem that often goes unnoticed due to the simple fact that most homeowners rarely access this part of their home. A typical homeowner may only access his or her attic a few times out of the year to store or remove their belongings. If they don’t notice a moisture problem during either of these trips, the problem may gradually continue to worsen over time.

Top Causes of Attic Moisture:

  • Inadequate ventilation (attics must be vented to allow moist, warm air to escape).
  • Clothes dryers venting air to the attic rather than outside.
  • Air conditioner condensate pan not draining.
  • Firewood being stored in the attic (firewood contains moisture that will evaporate into the surrounding atmosphere).
  • Bathroom exhaust vans vented to the attic.
  • Poor or non-existent barrier between your home’s living area and the attic.

Identifying Moisture In The Attic

Moisture in the attic is relatively easy for homeowners to identify, as it’s usually attributed to mold and mildew growth. If you believe moisture is a problem in your attic, go and inspect it for signs of mold and mildew. Small black and/or greenish-colored dots on insulation, boxes or other materials is a sign of an exceedingly high moisture content in the air. You can also identify moisture problems in the attic by the formation of condensation on windows and glass surfaces.

Drying Out a Wet Attic

Placing a dehumidifier inside the attic will help to draw out moisture from the surrounding environment. However, you’ll need to drain it frequently in order for it to function properly. Once the dehumidifier’s storage tank is full, it won’t be able to remove any more moisture.

Dehumidifiers are really just a temporary solution to attic moisture problems. Homeowners should focus on identifying and treating the root cause of the moisture. Whether it’s a lack of ventilation, gaps in the battier between living spaces and the attic, or any of the other causes mentioned above (or ones not mentioned here), you must fix these issues to create a dry attic.

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What Are Attic Baffles?

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Learn more about attic baffles and the purpose they serve

Although they aren’t found in all residential and commercial attics, baffles offer several unique benefits that are found elsewhere. Some people assume baffles serve no real purpose, but this simply isn’t true. Installing them in your attic can improve ventilation by encouraging proper airflow through the attic. To learn more about attic baffles and the unique benefits they offer, keep reading.

Modern-day attics are typically constructed with soffit vents to allow fresh air in and stale air out. Completely enclosing an attic without any natural source of ventilation places it at risk for mold, mildew, rot and other moisture problems. The warm, moist air from inside the home will rise up into the attic where it accumulates over time.

Eventually, the air will become so stale and moist that it promotes the growth of mold and fungi, destroying furniture, insulation or others items stores here. Soffit vents are openings directly under the roof which allows the stale air to pass freely to the outside of the home or building. As the warm, moist air moves into the attic, it’s then pushed through the soffit vent where it’s exhausted outside.

There’s no special devices or machines required for this process, as soffit vents are nothing more than openings with a vent cover to prevent unwanted pests from entering. Baffles play an important role in the function of soffit vents, as they prevent the intrusion of insulation or other debris. Most baffles are installed between the rafters and roof sheathing to create a barrier of protection for the soffit vents.

Without a baffle in place, blown cellulose insulation and other debris could potentially enter the soffit vents, clogging it up to the point where it’s no longer able to pass air through. If the soffit vents are blocked, they won’t be able to serve the purpose they were originally designed for; thus, encouraging the formation of mold and fungi. Thankfully, baffles are relatively quick and easy to install, and most homeowners can perform the installation themselves without hiring a professional contractor.

Attic baffles are available in both cardboard and foam models, offering an expensive solution to prevent blockages in the soffit vents. You can purchase baffles, as well as all the tools necessary for the installation, from most home improvement stores.

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