What Is Attic Rain?
Attic rain is a term used to describe water that enters the attic space of a building during freezing and thawing cycles. This can happen if the roof is damaged or if it’s not properly sealed and maintained.
Attic rain can cause a variety of problems, including water damage to the structure of the building, mould growth, and general damage to insulation, electrical systems, and other components of the attic. It’s important to promptly address any damp spots or issues in the roof to prevent attic rain and the associated problems it may cause.
Signs You May Be Dealing With Attic Rain
There are several signs that you may have attic rain. If you notice any of the following, it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home.
Water Stains Or Discoloration On The Roof Or Ceiling
If you notice water stains or discoloration on the roof or ceiling, it could be a sign that water is leaking into the attic.
Wet Or Damp Insulation
Wet or damp insulation is another sign of attic rain. If the insulation in your attic is wet or damp, it may be a sign that water is entering the attic through a leak in the roof.
Musty Or Mouldy Smell
If you notice a musty or moldy smell in the attic, it could be a sign of water damage and the presence of mold.
Sagging Or Bulging Ceiling
If the ceiling in your home is sagging or bulging, it could be a sign that water is accumulating in the attic and causing the ceiling to become weighed down.
Will It Damage My Home?
Yes, attic rain can potentially damage your home if it’s not addressed in a timely manner! Water that enters the attic space can cause damage to the structure of the building, including the roof, walls, and ceilings. It can also damage insulation, electrical systems, and other components in the attic.
In addition, attic rain can lead to the growth of mould, which can cause health problems and further damage to the building. To prevent damage from attic rain, it’s important to regularly maintain and repair the inner roof to prevent leaks, especially during the warm spells of early spring when your icy roof is thawing and leaking.
How Can I Prevent Attic Rain?
The best way to prevent attic rain is to keep your home’s moisture level to a minimum.
Don’t Use A Humidifier
This one seems like a no brainer, but humidifiers will increase humidity levels in your home and attic, leading to higher moisture levels.
Keep Your Furnace Fan On
Although the air intake fan on your furnace can be noisy, it keeps keep your air balanced.
Maintain Vents On Appliances
Appliances like dryers can suffer damage to their temporary venting, causing moist air to fill the house. We also recommend using bathroom fans after a warm shower or a bath.
Insulate The Attic
Proper insulation can help to prevent heat loss in the winter and keep the attic cool in the summer, which can help to prevent condensation and reduce the risk of attic rain.
Fix Any Leaks As Soon As Possible
If you do find a damp spot on your attic ceiling or walls, it’s important to address its source as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the attic and the rest of the building.
How Can I Treat It?
If you have attic rain, it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home. Here are some steps you can take to treat attic rain:
Locate The Source Of The Dampness
It’s important to find the source of the attic rain in order to properly fix it. Look for signs of water damage, such as stains or discoloration on the roof or ceiling, or water dripping from the roof or into the attic.
Call A Professional
Once you have located the source of the attic rain, we recommend contacting a roofing company to assess the damage and evaluate your home. Attic rain can cause a variety of severe issues that may initially be invisible to the naked eye.
Dry The Attic
You will need to dry the attic to prevent mold growth. Use fans or a dehumidifier to help circulate and remove moisture from the air.
Clean & Disinfect
If the attic is damp, it’s important to clean and disinfect the area to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Use a solution of water and a mild detergent to clean any surfaces that have been affected by the water and allow them to thoroughly dry.
If you’ve noticed any signs of attic rain in your home the integrity of your home’s structure may be at risk. Give us a call at (587)577-4777 or fill out our contact form — we’ll send a team of professionals to assess the severity of attic rain in your home and give you a free estimate on any needed repairs!