Homeowners commonly overlook their attics because they’re usually inhabitable, but like the other rooms of your home, they still need to stay clean. Learning how to properly maintain your attic is simple—it’s time to stop neglecting this area of their home. Use our guide below to ensure you’re properly taking care of your attic.

Clean Your Attic’s Fan

A fan is a crucial component of attic ventilation, so you’ll want to pay it some attention. Be sure to oil your fan and clean its blades and shutters once a year. By staying on top of this maintenance, you can make sure your fan works how it should year-round.

Fix Cracks and Leaks

A leaky roof encourages mold growth, and it can also release allergens into your home. Check your attic for any cracks, which can cause a host of structural problems elsewhere in your living space if left untreated. Additionally, have a professional come out frequently to inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles.

Keep It Insulated

It’s essential to correctly insulate your home, as it helps your home conserve energy and maximize comfort. Plus, it can even extend your roof’s lifespan. Although you may already have insulation, it could be damaged or old, so make sure to inspect it periodically. If necessary, replace your insulation—you should always have enough of it, and it should always fit tightly.

Remove Pests

There’s no question that insects and rodents can do significant damage to your attic. If you suspect that you have critters living in this part of your home, call a team of professionals to safely and effectively remove them.

Take Care of Asbestos Right Away

If your insulation contains asbestos, you’ll need to immediately attend to this. Since asbestos is highly dangerous, eliminating it from your home will ensure your family’s safety. However, you should never dispose of it alone—call someone who specializes in asbestos removal to do it for you.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.