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Photos Of Attic Bypasses With Explanations

Several photos of the least understood problems with attics - bypasses. The photos include detailed descriptions of the problems and how to fix them.[...]

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Insulation vs. Air Leakage (Attic Bypasses)

Everyone knows that attics need to be insulated to prevent heat loss, but most people don't understand how important it is to seal attic spaces. This might be even more important than insulating the attic, and insulation won't do[...]

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Frost in Attics

Frost shows up in the attic when moisture-laden air from the house gets into the attic. That's about it, pretty simple. When the moisture gets into the attic, it condenses on the roof sheathing in the form of[...]

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A New Attic Problem with New Construction Homes

I've been doing a lot of new-construction inspections or one-year warranty inspections on new construction houses, and I've started to notice a new attic bypass that seems to be completely ignored by some builders and insulation contractors. [...]

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Mold in the Attic

If you see black stuff covering or growing on the roof sheathing in your attic, it's probably mold. It's never fun to find out that your house has mold, but the fix for mold in the attic is usually[...]

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The Best Way To Insulate An Attic

Unfortunately, the easiest way to add insulation to just about any place in your home is to install fiberglass batts. Fiberglass batts are typically the worst insulation for any job, as I complained about in a recent blog. [...]

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Thinking of adding more insulation to your attic? Read this first.

If you're tired of dealing with ice dams and you've decided to finally get your attic re-insulated, please read this first. You might save yourself a lot of time and money.[...]

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Why Is There Frost In My Attic?

Have you checked for frost in your attic yet this year? If you live in Minnesota or a similarly cool climate, now is a good time to check your attic for frost. If you already have frost in[...]

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Attic Problems On A New Construction Home

No matter how good the builder, even new construction homes can have problems. Every new home should be privately inspected, and every attic should be accessed.[...]

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Frost in Attics

Sealing attic bypasses is the way to fix frost in the attic. Ventilation is not the answer.[...]

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Minnesota Department of Commerce: “Beware the Insulation Contractor Who Does Not Include Air Sealing”

Consumers should beware of insulation contractors who offer to insulate attics without checking for and sealing attic air leaks. If the offer to insulate does not include sealing air leaks, then the contractor is in violation of the Minnesota energy[...]

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Infrared cameras, home inspections

If your home inspector uses an infrared camera during their home inspection, these are the kinds of things they might find.[...]

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