Did you ever stop to consider that your home is your greatest investment. Second to your home is probably your car. Unfortunately for most homeowners they take better care of their car than they do their home. Maintenance of your home’s components is an essential part of taking care of your home. Just as you care for your car to prevent future problems, you should use preventative maintenance to do the same for your home. A maintenance schedule should be strictly adhered to. The preventative maintenance aspects of your home has many benefits including, but not limited to, avoiding certain major repairs, extending the life expectancy of many components, and in countless cases reducing energy consumption.
Let’s consider one area of your home you probably rarely, if at all, inspect. Above your ceiling and under your roof is the attic, a rather large, dark and scary place. But think about this, your roof is actually full of holes. That’s right holes. There are holes for plumbing vents, kitchen and bath fan vents, your chimney, skylights and maybe many others. You might think that your roof keeps you dry and for the most part it does but just think about all those “holes”. If each and every hole through your roof is not properly sealed and flashed you could have real problems.
Here is what you should do. Find the attic access in the ceiling of your home and go up into the attic and look (careful not to step of ceiling joists!). Inspect for water stains, mildew, and fungus on the underside of the roof sheathing, indicating high humidity levels. Especially look at each of the “holes” coming through your roof and check to make sure the insulation is not wet. Best time of year for a project like this is those rainy winter days.
Conclusion? If after an inspection you see something that concerns you, have a professional examine and get it fixed. Protect your investment.