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Even though most of the gaps spilling warm air into your attic are buried under insulation, you might be able to find evidence of these gaps. Look for areas where the insulation is darkened. This is the result of filtering dusty air from the house. In cold weather, you may also see frosty areas in the insulation caused by warm, moist air condensing and then freezing as it hits the cold attic air. In warmer weather, you’ll find water staining in these same areas. Although the insulation is dirty, it is still okay to use. There’s no need to remove and replace, unless there is  mold. After sealing the areas, just push the insulation back into place. If you have blown insulation, a small rake can be helpful to level it back into place.



What you need

Silicone or acrylic latex caulk and caulk gun
Expanding spray foam insulation
Quality respirator or dust mask
Long-sleeved shirt with collar and cuffs buttoned, long pants, gloves, hat, glasses/goggles



what to do


Use expanding foam or caulk to seal the openings around gaps, plumbing vent pipes, and electrical wires. Check for gaps in your attic that facilitate air movement by checking for dirty insulation. Seal the gaps with caulk or expanding foam. When complete and dry, push the insulation back into place. Fill wiring and plumbing holes with expanding foam. Caulk around electrical junction boxes, and fill holes in box with caulk. If the space around your plumbing pipe is wider than three inches, you may need to stuff some fiberglass insulation into the space to serve as a backer for the expanding foam. Once the fiberglass insulation is in place, follow the directions on the can to foam the space around the pipe. Be sure to wear gloves and be careful not to get expanding foam on your clothes, as the foam is very sticky and nearly impossible to remove once it sets. When the foam or caulk is dry, cover the area again with insulation.



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Finish by sealing the access hatch with self-sticking weather stripping. If your hatch rests directly on the moldings, cut 1x3 boards (stops) to fit the perimeter of the opening and nail them on with 6d finish nails. Apply self-adhesive foam weather strip tape to the top edge of the stop. Attach hook-and-eye fasteners to the attic door and stops. Position the eyes so that the weather strip is compressed when you latch the hooks. Cut a piece of fiberglass or rigid foam board insulation the same size as the attic hatch and nail or glue it to the back of the hatch. If you have pull-down attic stairs or an attic door, these should be sealed in a similar manner. Pre-made insulated attic stair covers are also available from some local home improvement stores.




Energy Star DIY Guide, May 2008

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