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
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.
list of what is included in a Quality Homes inspection.
East Tennessee Quality Home
Quality Home Inspections serves the East Tennessee area of
Roane, Loudon, Knox, Anderson, and Cumberland counties which
includes the areas of
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
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