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Attics

On homes with pitched roofs, the attics are spaces between the roof and the living area ceilings of the home. In homes with high, steep-pitched roofs, the attic can be quite large with enough headroom to walk around comfortably. The roof framing in the attic is typically exposed and uninsulated which allows for direct visual inspection of the underside of the roof for leaks and moisture. Like the crawlspace, attics will have screen covered air vents around the perimeter of the roof/eaves, “eyebrow” vents on the roof itself, and possibly even vents along the ridge of the roof. Furnace equipment, electrical wiring, the mounting cans for recessed light fixtures, ducting and some plumbing lines may also be located in the attic space. Access to the attic space(s) will be through hatches in the ceilings of the home. Some of these are equipped with pull down ladders making for easier access. The attic space is not designed or intended for storage. Access to this area is for inspection of the structure and maintenance of mechanical equipment in the attic space. If you wish to store things in the attic, a design to modify the space should be developed to do so properly. When you perform tasks in the attic, use extra caution and avoid stepping off wood members onto the drywall. This can result in personal injury, death and damage to the ceiling below.

Maintenance

  • 1x per year: Have a qualified inspector perform a visual review of the attic space annually. For safety reasons we do not recommend homeowners enter the attic. Stepping in the wrong place can result in falling through the ceiling with the prospect of injury or death. Attic inspections should look for water stains on the underside of the roof and around plumbing penetrations, vents etc., signs of rodents, broken ducts, missing insulation, chewed wires.
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