Once you’ve decided that you want to upgrade your attic’s insulation, you’ll first want to do a thorough look-over of the area. During this inspection, you’ll want to check for certain air leak problems that are too serious and/or complicated to be dealt with by an amateur. Upon encountering any of the following situations, the best course of action you can take is to halt your renovation project and contact a local HVAC contractor.
- Moldy or rotting rafters: If your attic’s rafters are anything short of completely free of mold and rot, you likely have a serious moisture problem. Generally, this is not the type of problem you’ll want to tackle without the help of a professional.
- Wet or damp insulation: Your attic’s existing insulation should be completely dry. Any trace of moisture found is a key indicator that you may have a leaky roof.
- Presence or history of ice dams: Ice dams are essentially thick layers of solid ice that, during the winter months, can form over the eaves of your home’s roof. If left untouched, they can cause all sorts of problems, whether it be broken shingles, loosened gutters or, eventually, significant amounts of water building up then leaking through your roofing and into your attic. If you’ve experienced these, it’s a sign that you’re dealing with some serious air leak problems, and you’ll want to contact a professional contractor sooner rather than later.
- Vents exhausting warm air into the attic: It’s important to remember that all of your home’s vents, including the ones for your kitchen, bathroom, and clothes dryer, should be pumping all of their hot, moist air directly outdoors. If any of yours are instead pushing this air into your attic, it can lead to a variety of moisture and air leak problems.
If you discover any of these problems, don’t hesitate to call for help. For all of your HVAC needs near Grand Traverse Country, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
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