M2=H2: A is for Attic


Attics come in all shapes and sizes. In modern homes, the roof construction often has roof trusses which preclude any storage space in the attic. Occasionally, attics may be built with an area large enough to use for storage space. If this is the case with your attic, be careful to not store extremely large or heavy items which may not be supported by the attic floor, or which may interfere with the insulation. Also keep in mind that if you store things in your attic, the temperatures will be extreme. Never put items in the attic which could be flammable or damaged by heat/cold.


INSULATION: Today’s homes are built to be energy-efficient. Insulation types include blown cellulose and traditional fiberglass. Blown cellulose may shift or move and leave areas uninsulated. If you notice this, readjust the insulation to cover properly. Also be sure that the insulation does not block attic ventilation. If you need to move fiberglass insulation, wear gloves to protect your hands.

LOUVERS: Attics may have louvered vents which allow hot air and moisture to escape. Always keep these vents unobstructed to prevent moisture damage to your attic.

RAFTERS: Visually examine your rafters and attic sheeting periodically. Dark spots or water stains could be your first sign of a roofing problem. Follow the wetness or stain to its highest point to locate the exact source of the leak. Also look for outside light or staining around chimneys and vents.


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