Maintaining the ventilation through the attic is imperative to prevent moisture buildup. Moisture leads to mold, and daily mold inhalation may negatively affect your family’s health. In most homes, you can access the attic by either an attic access ladder or steps installed in a garage or larger closet.
The sources of attic ventilation – louvers and vents – help prevent moisture buildup, reduce energy usage, and increase the life span of the roofing material. Louvers and vents keep out snow and wind-driven rain in normal conditions. Sometimes, rain and snow can enter through these openings when certain negative pressures exist.
In some homes, the attic is available as storage. If your attic has a plywood platform, then you may use this area as such. Otherwise, your attic shouldn’t be used for storage or any other purpose.
Any damage resulting from the improper use of the attic space is the responsibility of the homeowner.
Care and Maintenance
Follow these care and maintenance suggestions for your home’s attic.
To Maintain Sufficient Ventilation Through the Attic
Keep the louvered openings unobstructed year-round. Louvers obstructed by debris or ice accumulation frequently lead to leaks.
Make sure your home’s vents are clear of debris.
Check vents periodically to make sure they’re secure and haven’t come loose in high winds.
Inspect the attic once a year for water stains on the underside of the roof sheathing.
To Prevent Long-Term Damage to the Attic
Check the attic insulation for moisture. If you find moisture, call for service immediately.
If you have loose-fill insulation, check to see if it has shifted due to major weather events. Use a plastic rake to move insulation from high spots to bald spots.
Have a qualified person inspect the attic for mildew, rot, and fungus. These problems indicate a high humidity level in the attic. Also, inspect for evidence of pests.