Home Inspector- Inspecting the Attic
What’s important during an Attic Inspection?
When you hire us, your home inspector will go into the attic and we bring with him a bright flashlight, moisture meter, carbon monoxide meter, etc. The attic space gives many clues to systems such as the roof shingle function, structure, air quality, water intrusion, insulation, pests and rodents, etc.
After walking on the roof, we know where all the roof penetrations, like a plumbing vent are located, these are common locations for water intrusion.
Many problems can develop if the attic is not vented and insulated properly. Ideally, the attic temperature should be equal to the outside air temperature. One of many reasons for this is so that moisture from the air does not condensate on the inside of the roof sheathing material.
If an inspector doesn’t actually go into the attic many of these clues will be missed. It is not enough to stand on a ladder at the attic hatch and shine a flashlight around.
Common defects found during an Attic Inspection…
- Lack of ventilation
- Lack of insulation at the attic hatch cover
- Bathroom fans venting into the attic space
- Signs of water intrusion at roof penitrations
- Missing or altered frame members
- Poor workmanship
- Poor maintenance
So, how do we Inspect an Attic?
In my opinion, a Home Inspection is not complete until the inspector has walked around the attic. This is the best way to inspect.
While in the attic, the inspector needs to consider many systems. This is also the perfect place to look for signs of water entry around the chimney and other roof penetrations. Roof sheathing needs to be in good shape to support the weight of the roof covering.
Unfortunately it’s not always possible. If access to the attic hatch is blocked by large furniture, a car in a garage our inspectors may not be able to access the attic.