Every year, homeowners get an attic inspection. Why? Honestly, a number of reasons could be involved. First, if you notice your heating bill going up you may want to check if you have proper insulation in your attic. Also, it is important to periodically check for water damage or any cracks that could lead to potential water damage.
What to Expect from an Attic Inspection
When the inspection takes place, here are a few things you can expect to be examined.
Proper Ventilation– The project manager will check to see that there are enough vents for the space and that air is able to flow easily. In fact, proper air flow can minimize the development of mold growth.
Pest Control– Any trace of birds, rodents, or other pests will be dealt with accordingly.
Damages– The attic will be examined for damaged wood or leaks. In addition, the framing will be examined for any damage.
The Attic Inspection Experts
Complete Detail has a team of experts who know how important a thorough inspection is. Our 5 star company always puts the customer first. Therefore, we guarantee satisfaction with all our services. In addition, any issues discovered, our team knows how to help you with the process. We also not only handle the inspection, but we can remedy issues found. For example, we are mold removal experts! Take comfort in knowing you attic is in good hands.
How Often Should Attic Be Inspected?
If you are like most people, your attic doesn’t get much attention. However, they need to be inspected regularly, at the very least, once a year. Most decide to do this in the spring. It is usually warmer and if you notice any repairs that need made, it can be done easily in better weather. You will feel a weight off your shoulders once you have an attic inspection done
Organizing an Attic:
Many people use an attic as extra storage. However, how do you keep what is up there safe? Moreover, how can you ensure easy access to all your belongings? Let’s discuss a few tips on how to organize your attic and keep it that way!
Get rid of what you don’t use! That is often the best first step in organizing any area. Sort through what you have and honestly only keep what you use. Then, donate, sell or throw away any remaining items. Then it will be time to begin organizing what is left…
Thankfully, we live in a world with pretty much endless amounts of options for organizing things. If you have lots of clothing or items that need hung up, consider putting up rods or storage carts. Organize furniture and big items in a way that won’t cause a trip hazard or be in the way of things you want to access. You may currently have an attic full of cardboard boxes. What is wrong with that picture? For the first few months, nothing. However, over time they could be damaged. How? An attic is exposed to extreme temperatures and fluctuating humidity levels. Therefore, moisture will damage the cardboard. An alternative product would be plastic bins. You can buy these at a relatively inexpensive price. Plastic bins not only last longer than cardboard boxes do, but they will also provide lasting protection to the things you love inside. A good idea for keeping plastic bins organized is putting a label on the outside. The extra effort will go a long way when you are searching for something up there!
Attic Cleaning Tips:
Dust– Yes, you read that right! You do not need to dust you attic like you would the rest of you home, however it does need to be done. It is helpful to use some sort of pole attachment dusting device to remove cobwebs and dust. This will discourage spiders from living up there. Also, it will just be a lot cleaner and healthier environment to have above your home.
Clean Up Any Wet Areas– During your attic cleaning, watch out for any wet spots. Then, take note of what the source of the water is. Take steps to eliminate any sources of water in your attic. This is extremely important. If you allow water to stay in your attic and suffer from excessive moisture you will be causing damage to boxes and items therein.
Organize Boxed Items– Go through each box and see if you can consolidate them into a more organized pile. Try to arrange things in a way that leaves them orderly and easily accessible. To be sure, this is an enormous undertaking, but the results will please you. Also, you may find you have much more space than before.
Common Problems to Look For in an Attic Inspection:
Checking Insulation Distribution– A professional inspector will be able to determine if insulation is installed properly and evenly. If it isn’t, insulation will need to be moved so it is even. Whoever does this needs to be wearing gloves, safety glasses and long sleeves. After insulation is distributed evenly, you will improve energy efficiency especially during the cold winter months. It may be a pain at first but will save you money in the long run!
Inspection of Attic Vents– It is important to make sure nothing is blocking vents in the attic. If they are blocked, it can lead to humidity not being able to escape properly. Of course, excess humidity can lead to mold growth, which is an enormous problem on its own. So, in order to avoid this when installing new vents, place a rafter down first to allow proper airflow.
Pests– Pests can wreak havoc on an attic and in turn, your entire home. Signs of an infestation include droppings, patches of fur, chewed wood. Of course, there are many other signs you can look out for. The professional inspector you hire will be able to determine these signs best.
Moisture / Mold– Prevention of mold is a major reason many get an attic inspection. Even locating areas of moisture, as we have before discussed, is a vital step in preventing mold growth. Therefore, it is so important to keep an attic well ventilated. If not, mold will have a perfect environment to grow in. Make sure vents in your attic allow humid air to escape from the home. Mold may start out a just a few black dots but will quickly spread over time.
How Much Does an Inspection Cost?
The average home inspection costs around $315. However, smaller homes under 1,00 square feet can be as little as $200. If your home is over 2,000 square feet, you may pay around $400. If you would like an estimate for your home or attic, call Complete Detail at (937) 507-2927. We look forward to assisting you!
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Attic Mold Removal and Cost
After an attic inspection, you may find you have a mold problem. How can you handle this issue and how expensive will it be to remedy? First, we need to clear up that this is NOT a project you should handle alone. An expert is needed to completely remove mold in order to prevent it from coming back. Call a restoration company in your area (like Complete Detail!) to examine the area and rid your attic of mold. Usually, on average, it can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500 for mold treatments in an attic. However, if it is especially infested it can go as high as $6,000 to $10,000.
Call our attic inspection professionals to schedule an appointment today! If you have questions about your specific situation, we are reachable at (937) 507-2927 for your convenience. We look forward helping you.