ServiceMaster of Rochester. Follow a few simple steps to help prevent water damage, mold, and structural damage in your attic:
- Roof ventilation. Check the ventilation of your roof and ensure there’s cold air circulating around the eaves and ridges of the roof. This way, if any warm air is rising from the living area, the cold air will not allow for melting.
- Living spaces. Seal off living spaces by being certain no warm air is going to the attic through holes in the ceiling, fans, or light fixtures. If so, try some caulk to keep the warm air in.
- Insulate. Proper insulation can help prevent heat from entering the attic, thereby preventing thawing of ice and snow on the roof which can leak into the attic and cause water damage.
- Prevent ice dams. If possible, remove snow with a roof rake to prevent ice dams. If not done properly, ice dams can damage your shingles which can allow water to slowly leak into your attic.
- Clean rain gutters and downspouts. Remove any leaves and debris from your rain gutters and downspouts before winter arrives and ensure they allow water to flow freely.