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 The Attic Inspection - Quality Home Inspections of East Tennessee

One of the most important areas that I inspect during a typical home inspection is the attic. Inside the attic I verify any concerns I may have found on the roof pertaining to potential leaks. Here, inside the attic, I look for signs that moisture has made it's way through the roof penetration points. I also look for issues with the structure.

Also, in the attic I'll be looking at the insulation, vents, and if there is a heating unit, I'll be taking a look at it as well.

For safety concerns, please never follow the inspector into the attic. There are many dangers in the attic. A person can easily fall off of a floor joist onto the drywall ceiling below and fall through, causing themselves injury and major damage to the ceiling below. Also there could be live wires, and of course don't forget the possibility of running into animals like bats or wasp nests.

Here are a few attic defects and areas of concern that I've run into recently.


In this photo there was rotting wood found along a chimney damaged by rain water. This defect would not have been found by just a quick peak into the attic. It was located on the opposite side of the chimney facing the attic entrance.


Here we see venting into the attic. It's important that bathrooms and dryers never vent into the attic. This condition can create excess moisture in the attic that leads to mold, and wood deterioration. These vents should always vent to the outside. It only takes 20 percent moisture content to begin to rot wood and a 27 percent moisture content is a playground for mold that will literally use the wood in your home as food.


This roof sheathing in this older built home was spread several inches apart in some areas and some boards were damaged, possibly during construction.


Here's an example of apparent rodent droppings. There were also nuts found in this particular attic. Rodents can eat through wires causing fires, so it's important to block off any possible entry points.

Although, home inspections don't specifically cover rodents or bug infestations, if I see evidence, I always put a comment and/or photos of any visible area that I find of concern in my report. Remember, a home inspection isn't a guarantee or a warranty of the future condition or performance of the components of a home. It is a detailed report of conditions found on the day of inspection. The condition of a home, much like your automobile can change the next day, but a trained home inspector can see many present defects that a untrained individual may miss that can lead to the further deterioration of a home in the future.

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East Tennessee Quality Home Inspections
Quality Home Inspections serves the East Tennessee area of Roane, Loudon, Knox, Anderson, and Cumberland counties which includes the areas of Knoxville, Oliver Springs, Oak Ridge, Kingston, Harriman, Rockwood, Midtown, Lenoir City, and Crossville, Tennessee. The goal of Quality Home Inspections is to help make the home buying decision a little less complex by providing a professional visual inspection and report of various systems and areas of the home.

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