How to Inspect Your Attic

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Attics needs to be inspected for several things such as water damage, pest or wasp damage, and wiring problems. Learn what to look for in your attic from a professional remodeler in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris' Workshop. Today, we're going to talk about how to inspect your attic or crawlspace. It's a good idea to get up in your attic or crawlspace once in a while and just have a good look around. Look at every stud or rafter bay. You're looking for any signs of discoloration where water might be infiltrating. If you can do it during a period of heavy rains is even better. Just go ahead and look for any kind of leaks. It's good to check out all your electrical wiring. Make sure nothing has come loose. Make sure all the wires are stapled properly. Check all your roof vents, anything that goes through the envelope of your roof, things such as plumbing vents, air vents, your chimney of course. Here's a roof vent. You can tell here's the roof sheathing and I can see the edge of the shingles right here. When I'm inspecting the attic I just want to make sure that I'm not seeing any signs of water damage coming through here. I actually see a little bit of discoloration but maybe it got a few drips at some point in the past, but a little bit of discoloration is nothing to worry about as long as it's not a recurring issue and there's no rot or wood damage. Also make sure all your insulation is lying flat, nothing has been pushed aside. Sometimes when areas are used for storage the insulation can get disrupted and you want it all laying flat and efficient. My name is Chris Palmer. Thanks for joining me.

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