What Scary Things are Lurking in your Home?

November 13, 2013 | Filed under: Homeowner Tips,Newsletter Articles,Uncategorized

Halloween may be over but are scary things still lurking inside of your home? This month we take a look at a few things to beware of.

  • Rusted Exhaust Flues. Over a period of years, condensation can cause steel exhaust ducts on furnaces and water heaters to rust. Holes in these ducts can allow dangerous gasses to enter your home rather than be vented outside.
  • Damp Insulation. The insulation on top of your ceilings is there to save you energy dollars. For maximum effectiveness, this insulation needs to be dry and fluffy. Improper attic ventilation can cause the insulation to become damp and heavy. A 10% reduction in the moisture level of your insulation can increase its R Value by 25%.
  • Plumbing Leaks. Water getting to places where it shouldn’t be in your home will likely lead to mold. Plumbing leaks can be visible beneath sinks and other places, or they can be hidden in your walls or crawlspace.
  • Attic Mold. High attic moisture levels can result from ventilation issues and lead to mold. However, slow roof leaks, often at the bottoms of valleys or against dormers and other roof penetrations, will also create mold and even expensive rot.
  • Holes. Holes in crawlspace vents, around basement windows, or in roof overhangs can allow vermin such as mice or even larger critters to enter your home. If they die inside your home, the odor can linger for weeks and, shy of tearing apart walls, the source will be very difficult to remove. Dead animals can also lead to insect infestation and mold.

And, finally, if these things don’t have your stomach churning, imagine finding snakes, bats, a hidden dungeon, or an ancient burial ground beneath your basement.
Hopefully, these things are not problems at your home but they all represent problems that, if left unchecked, grow to become more damaging and more expensive to repair. Please check out our metal roofing products to see beautiful roofing solutions for your home and feel free to call us at 1-800-543-8938 or contact us.

Best wishes for a wonderful November and a very Happy Thanksgiving