Attic Electrical Concerns:

  • Junction boxes missing covers;
  • Junction boxes improperly attached;
  • Metal junction box not bonded;
  • Splices not enclosed in junction boxes;
  • Poorly supported/secured wiring (4'-6" maximum intervals);
  • Protected from abrasion within 6' of hatch;
  • Improper wiring type;
  • Knob and tube;
  • Abandoned wiring
  • Non-IC light fixture in contact with insulation;
  • No/inoperable light; or
  • No electrical receptacle at mechanical platform.

Attic Plumbing Concerns:

  • Damaged plumbing vent pipes;
  • Stack vents terminating in the attic.
  • Plumbing vent slopes less than 1/4-inch per foot;
  • Un-insulated water supply pipes;
  • Plumbing stack 3" minimum diameter at roof (cold climate only); or
  • Plumbing vent diameter reduction located less than 12" from sheathing (cold climate only).

Attic HVAC Concerns:

Look for the following general requirements for HVAC installed in attics:

  • Hatch minimum 22.5 X 30 inches or large enough for appliance removal;
  • Room ventilation fans that terminate in the attic (especially under insulation);
Attic-mounted HVAC equipment:
  • Light w/switch at hatch;
  • 24-inch wide (unimpeded) walkway;
  • Appliance max. 20 ft. from hatch;
  • 30-inch wide platform all the way around the appliance;
  • Appliance disconnect within sight;
  • Drip pans with proper discharge and overflow; and
  • Proper condensate disposal.