The condition of your attic determines your home’s ability to keep warm or cool. It’s important that this area is properly maintained to help your home stay healthy and comfortable. Use these tips as a guide to understand the basics of attic maintenance.

Look for leaks

Unfortunately, attic leaks are not always noticed until an exterior issue shows up. For example, an ice dam that builds up on the exterior of a gutter can cause water to back up and drip into the attic area. This will eventually cause mold and mildew to become present on interior walls but this takes time. To keep problems like this from happening, make the effort to go up to your attic at least once a month to look for leaks.

Insulation

Looking to make their home more energy efficient? Start with the attic! Properly insulating the attic, sealing leaks, and ensuring that the attic isn’t damp is a great way to increase energy savings in your home. The condition of your attic can also affect your roof. In fact, one of the best ways to prolong the life of your roof is by having a well-insulated attic area. Why? Attic insulation reduces the amount of moisture build-up in the attic space, which could negatively affect the roof with excess mold or mildew.

Insulation Types

There are a variety of attic insulation types (blanket rolls, loose-fill insulation, and sprayed foam polyurethane). Do your research on which one is best for your attic space. Sprayed foam polyurethane is best for attics being converted into a living space. Loose-fill (or blown-in) insulation requires a professional to install, but is great for filling in small holes. Fiberglass  insulation is also good for insulating your attic, but can get into your skin and cause irritation. When handling insulation or other chemicals, make sure to always protect yourself by wearing a face mask and gloves.

Mold Prevention

Roof leaks can lead to trapped moisture in your roof. This can cause mold to develop and trigger harsh allergens. Keep these irritants from seeping into the air in your home by inspecting your roof for missing or damaged shingles. If necessary, hire a roofing professional to replace damaged pieces as soon as possible.

Pests

If pests such as rats, mice or bats find their way into your attic, it is important to know how to get rid of them. While spring traps work best for getting rid of most small pests, some may require the help of a professional.

The tips above will not only help you to maintain your attic, but also to keep your home healthy and comfortable! However, crawling into the attic space can be somewhat tricky; usually without flooring and obstacles such as wires and loose insulation. If you need help with an attic inspection or insulating your attic, we would be happy to help! Schedule service online or call 432-570-5233 today!