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Why you need to inspect your attic and what to look for

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February 21, 2020 - Karl Yeh

In this episode, we discuss why an attic inspection is important, when to check and what to look for. 


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Hi, everyone. I'm Karl. Welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home buying experts. Now, remember, if this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts, hit the subscription button below, hit the little notification bell so you don't miss anything.

So today I'm joined by Josh Brinkman [00:00:30] with Brookfield Residential, and we're going to talk about attic inspections.

So Josh,

How do I go about doing an attic inspection?

Joshua Brinkman:            

So your attic inspection, you'll typically do it after the one year mark or if you have any suspicion of a cold room.

Karl:                                       Okay.

Joshua Brinkman:            

To do that, you will need a ladder to gain access to your attic. You'll just push us on the lid and then have a look at the installation. You want to make sure that it's nice and even coverage. There is some cases where you have low spots or more clumps. That's due to wind washing.

Karl Yeh:                                      

So when I'm up there, [00:01:00] when you say low clumps, are you saying the insulation itself isn't even?

Joshua Brinkman:            

So it is a loose fill insulation. So it almost looks like someone opened up a pillow and shook it around up there. It's called loose fill.

If there is any compression, it starts to push down, and you'll have low spots.

Typically, if someone's walking around in the attic space, you're going to compress that insulation and it will no longer have its full height.

So when you have those low spots, you're going to need to top that insulation back up.

When to check your attic?

Karl Yeh:                                     

And how often do I [00:01:30] need to check it? So let's say I bought a brand new house, do I need to check it right away?

Joshua Brinkman:            

So if you are not a Brookfield customer, I do suggest to get a professional to come in and assess your attic.

If you are a Brookfield customer, our service technician comes in at the two month, and he'll check that.

As part of the warranty, as well as at the one year.

If you have any suspicions after that, feel free to reach out to our service team and we'll be happy to help.

Karl:                                       Okay. Anything else in terms of attic inspections?

Joshua Brinkman:             So one thing to really look out [00:02:00] for is wind washing.

Basically, when the wind is blowing outside, it's coming in through your soffit and it's pushing the insulation around.

Because it is loose fill, it's able to be pushed around by the wind.

If it starts to build up and clump in one area, that installation no longer has the proper coverage of where it used to be. If that is happening, you'll need to get another top up of your installation.

Karl:                                       Can you just kind of fix it yourself, if you notice it?

Joshua Brinkman:             If you do fix it yourself, you're risking compressing to get over to that area.

So if you are getting to the area to [00:02:30] fix it, then you got to top up where you gained access to the attic.

It's always best to get a professional in there. They'll take care of everything, and they'll top it up.

Karl Yeh:                                      Perfect.

So if you want to know more about home maintenance, we have a great playlist here for you to watch, and I'll see you in our next video.


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