An attic reflects the past condition of a house and can also offer clues to critical problems that may be hidden to the current owner’s views. Generally, attic inspections are not the main thing on a homeowner’s priority list. However, delaying your attic inspection could result in costly future repairs or severe health hazards. There are several good reasons to ensure periodic reviews of your attic by hiring professional home inspectors.
Read on to learn about common attic problems and what to expect from an attic inspection.
Why Do Houses Need Attics?
An attic is located below the roof, and it serves the combined purpose of ventilation and insulation in your house. It houses various systems, including electrical, heating, plumbing, that are crucial to the safety and efficiency of your home. Breakdown of any one of these systems, or nonconformity among these systems, can present several adverse conditions. The structure and roof sheathing of your home also lies exposed in. The attic is a critical area to investigate during home inspections because the structure and roof sheathing of your home lay exposed inside your attic.
Some Common Attic Problems
Hidden problems in the attic can be rather common, but the solutions are easily available. Here are some significant issues that are usually detected by home inspectors during attic inspections.
1. Mold and mildew
Mold is one of the more common issues found in attic insulation. The mold and mildew begin to grow, which can be a health hazard for everyone in the home, including pets.
2. Ice dams on the roof
In the winter, ice dam formations on the roof due to snow can lead to problems with your attic insulation. Ice dams can also cause significant roof damage.
3. Blocked vents obstructing airflow
If your attic vents become blocked, your attic insulation will come into contact with moisture due to improper airflow. This will result in mildew and mold growth.
4. Improperly installed insulation
When insulation is improperly installed it isn’t evenly distributed, which can also lead to air movement in the home
5. Pests nesting and dwelling
The attic usually remains dark and is barely inhabited by humans, so organisms like rats, mice, squirrels, and bats can easily make your insulation their home.
Why Is An Attic Inspection Necessary Before Buying a Home?
An attic inspection is essential before a home purchase to check the following:
- Signs of damage caused to rafters or trusses supporting the roof
- Indications of damages due to previous instances of fire in the house
- Current insulation rating or R-value of the attic
- Signs of wood staining or rotting and metal rusting around the furnace.
- Evidence of critters and other pest infestations in the attic
What to Look for When Inspecting Your Attic?
Here are a few main things to consider during an attic inspection:
- Attic ventilation
- Structural issues
- Pest infestation
- Water leakage
A poorly insulated attic will compromise the safety and integrity of the entire house. You can help ensure your home’s safety and save on costly repairs and high energy bills by scheduling regular attic inspections.
Call us today for the attic inspection of your future home or schedule an annual home inspection with us.