Much like the basement, your attic can sometimes be left on its own for a long time. Most attics are used for storage, which means that few people go in and out of the attic regularly. This is why, when problems like leaks or damages happen in your attic, the damage can often be extensive as it can go unnoticed for weeks or months. This is why prevention is done.
Prevention of water damages:
The attic is usually located above the ceiling of home but is still under the roof. This is why there is a greater chance of water damages here. However, by following certain preventative measures, you can save a lot of money and time in restoration costs.
Install attic vents:
Attic vents can be installed in your attic to reduce the chances of water damages. These vents provide the attic with a ventilation system, keeping the air moving and reducing chances of moisture collecting. The vents are usually installed with the roof’s peak. However, it is important to check them out every now and then to make sure they aren’t blocked or clogged.
Have the attic insulated:
If your attic is insulated, this will keep it warm in the winters and cool in the summers. This helps reduce the attic’s chances of damage. In the rainy season, make sure that the insulation does not become damaged and damp, by inspecting it for any moisture regularly. If any moisture is found within the insulation, have it fixed immediately. It is best in such a case to have the insulation replaced with a new one.
Check the attic for stains:
It is important for the homeowner to regularly inspect the wells and chimneys in the attic for leaks, along with looking for any signs or mold growth or other kinds of damages, as these can indicate water damages. Also check the roof’s rafters and sheathing and make sure they aren’t rotting or stained. Make sure there is no space for the water to enter in and collect inside your home during rain or a storm by making sure the attic is intact and sealed. When it comes to the floor, make sure that it is dry and there are no signs of any water damages.
Inspect the appliances in your attic:
If you have any appliance units or pipes placed inside your attic, they can potentially leak or show any signs of malfunction. Check underneath the appliances for any signs of collecting water. Pipes can become loose and as a result water can collect. If you find any damaged pipes, replace them with effective new ones as soon as possible.
Check the recessed light for corrosion:
If you have recessed lights installed in your attic, you should regularly check them for any signs of rust or corrosion. You can also have them replaced with modern versions of recessed lighting as they have built-in insulation that can help prevent such damages.