Jeff Edmondson's January Homework - Check Attic for Critters

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This month check your attic- I know it doesn’t sound like fun, but it is worth sticking your head into the attic space and checking the condition.   If you don’t want to go all the way into the attic at least take a flashlight and look around from standing on a ladder   You need to check for critters like squirrels, mice, bees, bats, birds.  Check for any sign of water intrusion or roof leaks.  Inspect the insulation level and ventilation ductwork.  Look for any sign of mold or mildew growth.
Critters -  In the past year we have had reports that included a bee hive, a bat, mice, and a woodpecker.  Critters can sneak into the attic space through cracks around eves and soffits, but most of the time they will enter through damaged birdblock or eve/soffit screens.  Check the screens in the attic and on the exterior of the house to make sure they are in good condition and protecting the attic space.
Water intrusion –  Check the under side of the roof, look around vents and roof jacks, look at the valleys.  Look for any discoloration due to water on damp spots.   Check the insulation for any sign of moisture.  We have seen issues with water intrusion in all of these areas, if you can catch a roof leak before it gets to the drywall ceiling or walls it can save thousands of dollars in repairs.
Mold – Mold and mildew in the attic space is important to detect before it gets too bad.   We recently had a home inspection that found mold growth on the underside of the roof throughout the whole attic space.  The attic space did not have adequate soffit and roof vents, and some of the vents that were in place were clogged by insulation that was added to the attic space to improve energy efficiency 8 years ago.  Bids to correct the problem ranged from $2,400 - $3,000.  Had the homeowner noticed the problem earlier, it could have been corrected for a fraction of the cost.

If you have any questions or don’t want to inspect your attic yourself just Call Jeff – I can help!


Jeff Edmondson, Licensed Principal Broker in Oregon


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