Water damage is an unfortunate reality for many homeowners. Two areas of your home are most likely to suffer water damage: your basement and your attic. Thankfully, water damage can be prevented. Here, we discuss the top three ways you can prevent water damage in your attic:
Maintain your roof
One of the main ways that water seeps into your attic is because of a damaged roof. A few missing shingles may not seem like a big deal, but they can lead to roof leaks, and roof leaks lead to water damage. So, unless you want to spend big money repairing your roof and attic, fix up any problem areas on your roof as soon as possible. Then, take steps to prevent further roof damage by trimming nearby vegetation, clearing away debris, and regularly inspecting your roof.
In an attic, the heat and moisture can build up if you’re not careful. Thankfully, by improving ventilation in your attic, you can decrease the humidity and thus decrease the chance of water damage. You can accomplish this by ensuring vents are not blocked by insulation or other types of obstructions. Additionally, make sure that any bathroom, dryer, and/or kitchen vents exhaust to the outside instead of your attic.
Insulate your attic
Finally, temperature control can help maintain the humidity in your attic. Warm air rises, which means much of your warm air will end up in your attic. As this warm air collects inside your attic, humidity will rise and cause water damage. By properly insulating your attic, you can keep the warm air in your living space instead of your attic.