The inspector will identify the type of insulation used, its condition and how well it has been installed.
The inspector will carefully note the type of ventilation and make recommendations on whether or not improvements or alterations are required.
Many homeowners cover the attic vents in the winter to conserve heat and forget to remove the covering in the summer, which reduces roof life and cause massive damage to the sheathing and insulation. Attic venting can be passive such as soffit and gable vents, or it can be power assisted such as an attic roof fan. Power venting of the attic is the best way to quickly remove moisture and heat build up, but it must be checked carefully that it has adequate passive vents to allow air to pass through rather than draw from the living space.
- Looking for signs of water staining on the underside of the roof boards. Indications of high humidity are rotting, mildew and fungus. Black or gray mildew stains, or excessive moisture are all signs that air flow through the attic needs to be increased.
- Gable and roof vents should be checked for obstructions such as bird nests.
- Check for evidence of pests (squirrels, raccoons, etc.)
A home inspection is not intended to provide warranties or guarantees. A home inspection is intended to help you make an informed decision about buying your home. A home inspection is not to be mistaken as a warranty on the house.