WE ARE MOISTURE DAMAGE SPECIALISTS
We help homeowners protect against attic moisture damage. Some times, we are too late. In those situations we help homeowners fully assess their damage and quickly implement repairs. We also help to prevent future moisture related problems.
Most people think that moisture is only a consideration in the humid summer or during rainy seasons. This is not true. Daily activities generate moisture that can pass into your attic, year round. The average family generates 2-4 gallons of water vapor per day. This moisture can collect in your attic space and over time may result in mildew, mold, and wood rot. Moisture build-up can weaken your roof rafters, sheathing, wall components, and flooring systems.
ATTIC MOISTURE – OFTEN AN EXPENSIVE PROBLEM
GOOD VENTILATION WILL PREVENT ATTIC MOISTURE FROM BECOMING A PROBLEM!
The best way to manage attic moisture is good cross ventilation (intake & exhaust) in your attic space. Proper intake and exhaust vents are key to a safe, healthy attic. In the winter, particularly here in the Midwest, where we experience very cold temperatures requiring heating systems to run round the clock, heated air rises up into the attic. When hot air collides with stagnant cold air in the attic, moisture condensation occurs.
While insulation will reduce the rate at which heat will pass from living spaces into the attic, it does nothing in the way of managing moisture. In fact, moisture that settles on insulation can reduce the performance of insulation. Wet or damp insulation loses most of its ability to resist migrant heat, in other words it does not do a proper job of insulating. Poor performing insulation costs you money, and unnecessary wear and tear on heating and cooling systems. If you have wet insulation in your attic space, do NOT insulate over it. You will only be creating more problems for yourself in the future.
BATH FANS & DRYER VENTING INTO YOUR ATTIC?
Additionally, many homeowners have an increased risk of moisture related issues because they have their bathroom exhaust fans and/or clothing dryer exhausting into their attic space rather than their homes exterior. Both systems move very moist air. If your attic is not well ventilated, all that moisture builds up in your attic. Bath fans and dry exhaust should always be vented outdoors.
For maximum moisture protection, we recommend a powered attic fan with a humidstat controller. The humidistat control will monitor your attic for humidity, year round, and activate the fan to ventilate your attic when humidity levels rise. Powered attic fans can hasten attic air circulation by quickly pulling in fresh air in to your attic from intake vents while exhausting moist air outside, independent of external wind speeds.
Early signs of excess attic moisture include wet insulation, water dripping from fire detectors, light fixtures, bath fans, or condensation on interior window panes, frost build up on wood sheathing in winter, the smell of mildew, or dark black staining on wood surfaces. These signs should never be ignored.
Damp insulation loses its ability to insulate properly, so even if you have ample insulation, if it is moist or wet you are wasting money and putting added wear and tear on heating and cooling systems, reducing their life cycle.
Call us for a free attic inspection. Our 18 step inspection process includes a comprehensive inspection of intake and exhaust facilities, insulation levels, among other key considerations. At the end of our inspection we provide you with any recommendations to improve comfort, reduce energy utilization, and protect your property from damage.
MOISTURE MANAGEMENT TIPS
› Attic temperatures should be kept as close as possible to ambient air temperatures (outside temps).
› Moisture condensation on window panes? Your humidity levels are too high.
› Water dripping from light fixtures, fire alarms, fans, or vents are all indications you have moisture problems.
› If you have a humidifier, keep it set to 30 percent or less to minimize moisture levels in your home.
› Inspect your attic twice a year (winter & summer) to make sure moisture is not a problem.
› Never exhaust your dryer or bathroom exhaust fan directly into your attic space.