Elk Grove Roofing: Article About Humidity In The Attic
Many homeowners understand that high humidity levels in the attic can cause serious damage to not only the attic but also to the roof and to the rest of the home. Although it can be difficult to determine where the humidity problems are coming from, there are ways that homeowners and their trusted Elk Grove roofing contractor can provide repairs to fix the damage that has already occurred and can prevent any future damages.
One of the biggest causes of humidity problems in the attic is issues with the insulation. In many cases, the attic does not have enough insulation or the insulation has been damaged. The insulation should be above the floor joists; if a homeowner looks across the attic space and sees the floor joists, there is likely not enough insulation. Before any new insulation is added, a contractor should check to make sure there are no air leaks and ensure that any damaged insulation is removed.
A second major cause of attic problems is a lack of ventilation. The attic needs a certain amount of ventilation in order to keep humid air moving throughout the space.
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Even if the home has soffit vents and a ridge vent, this does not necessarily mean that they are working properly. One way to tell if this is the problem is to place a hand on the ceiling underneath the attic. If the ceiling is hot, the attic is trapping air in like an oven. A contractor can look at the venting system to determine what the problem is. Otherwise, the homeowner may wish to have an attic fan installed.
If humidity levels are not controlled in the attic, the home is at risk for sustaining damage. If the wooden components become damp and remain damp, they could become the breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Additionally, dry rot could also form on these components. Dry rot causes the wood to become brittle and will crumble; once dry rot has begun to form, the entire piece that has been affected must be removed as soon as possible to avoid a roof collapse. Further, condensation caused by humidity could also result in serious damage to the home's windows, walls and structure.
It is likely that, at some point, roof damage will cause the humidity levels in an attic to rise. As soon as this occurs, the homeowner should contact a trusted roofer so that the problem can be fixed as soon as possible.