Buckets & pools can be great tools around the house…wait, what?!?! Here are some of the strangest things we’ve seen in attics…
That’s right, buckets & pools! They were blow-up pools so you could get them into the attic through the hatch door and probably 20-30 strategically placed buckets. If you’re not familiar with the technique, it’s a Great way to catch any of the rain water that leaks in…or you could fix the roof perhaps.
Of course other creative ways to collect water leaking into an attic is to cover the entire space with a layer of plastic. It not only traps the rain water from multiple leaks in the roof, but this added water in the attic and the plastic trapping moisture under it is a great recipe for damaging the wooden building materials (e.g. roof rafters, trusses, roof sheathing, wall ties / ceiling joists) wood damage, the ceiling itself not to mention the insulation. It also a great way to grow mould too!
In some attics we’ve seen the homes (bathroom / kitchen) exhaust fans connected to the furnace chimney which allows dangerous carbon monoxide to re-enter the home.
Our advice to you…unless you’re thinking of going swimming in your attic (tongue in cheek), get your new or resale home inspected before you buy it!