The adage out of sight out of mind doesn’t work when it comes to maintaining your attic. From possibly harboring pest nests to avoiding water damage, attics need an occasional look-see so that you don’t get boggled by a nasty surprise.
An ill-maintained attic can suffer severe water damage stemming leaking pipes, broken down roof drains, missing roofing components, or leaks around window frames. In addition, a forgotten appliance may have started leaking, and that will contribute to rot and mold formation. Before you’re compelled to do an expensive repair, take a look at your attic and inspect the following:
- Inspect your roof for missing tiles, shingles or whatever roofing material your house may be using. Since vents are usually placed at the peak of a roof, inspect the pipes and area where they are protruding. Signs to watch out for include corrosion, cracks, and drips under the eaves where there shouldn’t be. Check the pipes and drains for debris and bird’s nests. It goes without saying that you should practice safety procedures when doing a roof inspection. Anchor your ladder properly and wear a harness that’s attached to something sturdy.
- Inside your attic, check for leaks around the walls and roof joinery. Areas where the roof join are where cracks often form. Around plumbing stacks, leaks also commonly form. In locales where winter freezes are common, it’s good practice to insulate your pipes to prevent them from bursting. Do check lighting fixtures as condensation can cause rust and promote rot. Bear in mind too that leaks can ruin insulation, and your inspection should cover insulated areas.
- For those who run appliances like dryers, air conditioners or other systems in the attic, remember that their vent systems should be directed outside. Lazy installers sometimes make do with venting these systems inside the attic, and these can lead to leaks and/or condensation within the attic.
- Control condensation formation. Condensation in the attic can form not just from appliances, leaks, or temperature differences. Condensation can form from the accumulated water vapor emanating from the living spaces below the attic. Weatherstripping the access door to the attic is a good way to prevent condensation. Ensure that the vents aren’t clogged and seal ceiling leaks. A powered fan venting to the outside will help if other measures are not successful.
Avoiding water damage in Calgary and your attic is neither difficult or expensive. A little elbow grease and regular inspection will help you avoid damage that may compel you to bring in an expert. Contact Calgary Water & Flood for more information.