Special Edition Newsletter: Attic Condensation

Dealing With Attic Condensation In Minnesota Homes

If you see water stains on your ceiling, but your roof is void of snow, you might have an attic condensation problem. Although not a super common issue, attic condensation can prove to be a tricky fix. When moisture gets into the attic during the winter months, it most often condenses on the trusses and beams of your roof in the form of frost. The frost itself doesn’t damage your home, it’s the melting that one should worry about. Once temperatures increase and your frosted attic starts to unthaw, the resulting water can cause mold, compromised infrastructure, wet insulation and even water stains on your interior ceilings.

How To Prevent Attic Condensation

The best way to prevent attic condensation is to take steps in blocking moisture from getting there in the first place. Air leaks and attic bypasses are some of the main ways that moisture gets into attic spaces. Ensure that all exhaust fans are directed to the exterior of the home, not the attic, as well as seal off any air leak from your home into the attic. An air tight attic is a moisture free attic!

Although this problem is often not realized until it’s too late, it would benefit one to inspect your attic for signs of past condensation buildup. If there are signs of mold, wet/damaged insulation or rusty truss nails, then it would be advisable to take steps towards sealing your attic and reducing future moisture problems.

Be Careful When Inspecting Your Attic
If you want to venture up to the attic yourself, make sure you tread carefully! Since attics aren’t designed for a lot of movement, take extra care to not disturb the insulation and make sure to walk directly on the trusses, as a misstep could send you through the ceiling below.