The attic is much like the basement in that it is an area of your home than may go largely ignored for extended periods of time. This of course means that any problems that may crop up in these locations may likewise go unnoticed until they have grown to significant proportions. The attic particularly is one area where an ounce of prevention is highly recommended.
At the risk of insulting someone’s intelligence, the attic is located beneath the roof but above the ceiling, and as a result is target ground zero for any sort of water damage from the elements. By taking the proper steps, you may not be able to wholly prevent water damage, but you can cut down the extent of the damage a good bit.
Attic Vents – In any scenario, proper ventilation is needed to keep moisture levels down. Attic vents may be installed to keep air properly circulating and keep humidity levels below 50%. Vents may be installed along the peak of the roof, and should be checked occasionally to remove leaves or other debris from blocking them.
Proper Insulation – Good insulation will do its job and keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. If it becomes damaged by water, its effectiveness may be diminished. Check on your insulation frequently, especially during the rainy season. If you do find moisture in the insulation, locate the source of the problem and fix it immediately. Remove the wet insulation immediately and replace it with new material.
Top To Bottom – Be sure to inspect skylight wells, plumbing, and chimneys for possible leaks. Rotting or mold growths are significant signs that something is amiss. Likewise, roof sheathing and rafters, should be free of rot or water stains. If you see any daylight penetrating through your roof, that means water can penetrate as well. Take steps to repair it now, before the next storm hits.
Check the floor to make sure it is dry and that there are no signs that water has been there or run along the floor. Remember, if the floor is water damaged, the next stop will be your ceiling below. Also look for any holes, leaks, or any area where the integrity of the structure has been compromised. Any one of which may cause water damage problems.
Attic Appliances – Check out any units or piping located in your attic for leaking or any other malfunction. Replace damaged hoses and tighten up loose connections. Remember that water may accumulate directly beneath appliances and remain unseen unless it is actively looked for.
Recessed Lights – Check these for signs of rust or corrosion. In addition to moisture problems, you may also be looking at a serious electrical hazard. If your recessed lighting is several years old, you may want to consider replacing them with more up to date models that include built in insulation.
Contact your local The Clean Trust certified water damage restoration professional for additional help. They will know what to look for and where to look for it, and offer same day service in most cases. If your attic sustains water damage call your local water damage restoration company immediately to dry the structure and prevent secondary water damage like mold.