Many people think that water damage can occur only in the basements, kitchens and bathrooms, but water damage also occurs fairly frequently in the attics of homes as well. The attic is a great place for water damage to occur, because many of the conditions that make the basement so prevalent, such as moisture are present in the attic as well. These issues can be noticed with discoloring of the ceiling, mold, but also with the disrepair of ceiling plaster.
Moisture can find its way into the attic in a variety of ways. Moisture, like heat tends to rise to the upper points of the home. This means that it will collect in the attic. One of the most common ways that moisture comes into an attic is through a openings around lights, exhaust vents into the attic and poor insulation behind the ceiling. Once the moisture collects in the attic, you could face several different issues.
Damage to your home can be through condensation. One of the ways that your home could be damaged is through the creation of ice dams. These dams can form as warm air is present in the attic, and then once it comes in contact with the colder parts of the roof, there is a freezing that allows snow melt to enter a home. Moisture also leads to creation and buildup of mildew and mold, and these can spread through you HVAC systems into the rest of the home. Finally, the presence of moisture can result in the rotting of the interior of the home and expensive repairs.
You can work on the levels of moisture reaching the attic. First, you can seal all potential points of entry from the interior of the house to the attic. Make sure all vents have an exterior exhaust. Make sure that airflow to soffits are always clear. Increase the amount of insulation in the home, and add passive vents and roof fans to increase ventilation of the attic.
You might not think of it on a regular basis, but a strong roof is just as important to the overall well-being of your home as a good foundation. Water damage in the attic can be very pervasive and can promote tremendous damage. If you find that you have water damage, then you will want to act quickly with restoration and mold removal in order to fix your home as soon as possible to save it.
Call Water Damage Zone today (877) 520-1923 your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.
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