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Why You Need To Take Care Of Your Attic

Feb 29, 2008
How many times a year do any of us ever give much thought to the attic? We might let them cross our minds right before the holidays if that is where we put our decorations or maybe in the summer season if we are contemplating having a yard sale. Other than these events, we will not usually need to go up there at all.

There is another good excuse why we should climb up there at a time that may not seem like an appropriate time at all and that is during a heavy rainfall. You may think this is weird, but it is really quite sensible. When it is raining fairly hard, it is the most appropriate occasion to discover if you are experiencing water hazards in your attic.

Often times when there are shingles on the roof that have been loose for a while, the water will make its way under the tar paper and down in between the cracks where the wood of an attic is put together. The water will run down the board panels in the attic and can be seen pretty easily.

When you are lucky, and check the situation often enough, you can identify water leaks and know where they are originating from before any real devastation has been done. Fixing or adding a few new shingles will be simple compared to putting on a whole new roof. A lot of times, minor roofing jobs like these could be remedied without any help if you are not scared of high places.

Any roof repairs can be risky, especially when your housetop has a steep slope. The most of the time, it is less dangerous for you to leave the roofing to experts.

Another reason for water damage in an attic is from dampness. Condensation may often come about is damp warm air filters up into an attic from the living areas down below in the home. High humidity levels in the home's living area can contribute to the condensation of dampness on the wood in an attic. Over time, this might allow rotting in the wood.

There are several things that can help prevent this situation and they are adequate insulation of your attic floor, sealing around your attic door, and installation of exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen.

This can keep the attic cooler and stop the air from beneath the attic from damaging the wood upstairs. A little maintenance today can reduce the risk for more cost and repair tomorrow.
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Charlotte
water damage restoration
and Chicago water damage restoration companies.
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