Preparing Your Attic for Winter

ldr-atticThe attic is an important component to the structural integrity of any home, yet many homeowners leave their attics unprepared for the harsh winter months. From snow, ice and rainfall to drafts, there are a variety of winter-related issues you should be prepared to secure your attic against.

Get an Inspection

One of the best ways to begin preparing your attic for the winter is to have an inspection. Scheduling an inspection with a company that has experience in fire and water damage restoration Janesville and Rockford residents can trust can prevent serious damage down the line. Structural issues in an attic can go unnoticed for longer than in other parts of the home, especially if the attic is unfinished and rarely visited. A regular pre-winter inspection allows you to identify drafts, leaks and openings pests can use to enter your home.

Seal Openings

Pests and water damage are the two biggest threats to your attic during the coldest months of the year. Even the smallest opening can be an entry point for insects, rodents, snakes, and other pests that seek a warm, dry environment during the winter. When it snows, leaks in your roof and attic exterior can allow snow and ice to melt, resulting in interior water damage. If enough moisture makes its way into your attic, wooden beams and shingles can rot, leading to costly repairs. To keep your attic protected throughout the winter, seal any cracks or crevices with caulk. If air can get into your attic through an opening, so can water. Even the smallest opening can result in a draft that puts more strain on your home heating system and causes your energy bill to rise.

Purchase a Water Pump

Fallen tree branches and rotting shingles are common examples of winter problems that can lead to water damage in your attic. Keep a portable, non-electric water pump in your attic for quick and easy water removal in the event of an attic leak or burst pipe. Water pumps are also useful to have on hand in case your basement floods, and a non-electric model will stay functional even if your power goes out due to a winter storm.

Insulate Your Attic

Insulation is the key to keeping your attic dry and warm throughout the winter. Old, damaged insulation functions poorly and can lead to an accumulation of moisture. Hire a water damage restoration company to come and remove the damaged insulation from your attic before installing fresh, energy-efficient insulation. Insulation that has a high R-value is the best choice for maximizing your energy savings and keeping your home warm throughout the winter. By following these simple steps, you can keep your attic protected through the coldest months of the year. Leaders in Disaster Restoration has been helping homeowners in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin repair fire and water damage since 1991, so call for your free consultation today at (888) 874-7066.
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