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CTV Edmonton: What is the loud creaking in your walls during winter?

Article source from CTV News Interview: https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/hearing-loud-popping-or-cracking-from-your-walls-experts-say-truss-uplift-is-to-blame-1.5748967

With fluctuating warm then cold temperatures, homeowners around the city have been hearing loud banging and cracking from their walls and attics.

While the sound may not bring your house down, the owner of First General Property Restoration, specializing in framing and home rebuilds, says the sound is usually the result of truss uplift.

“The reason you’re hearing those noises and it’s kinda catching people off guard in this cold weather is because moisture migrates into your attic,” Moe Barzagar told CTV News Edmonton.

According to Barzagar, attics function best when their temperature is as close to the outdoor temperature as possible. Roof ventilation is designed to enable this. When an attic is not well vented, Barzagar said it can result in moisture accumulation, which can cause a number of problems, including truss lift.

During cold snaps, the bottom chord, which is covered by insulation, remains warm. Chords at the top of a truss are above the insulation and absorb moisture, making them expand.

The combination of events can cause the roof truss to bend and flex, and to disconnect from the interior walls below.

Barzagar said incorrect bathroom venting or even renovations or modifications that cut through vapour barriers to install potlights can create openings for moisture to move into an attic.

The good news is that truss uplift doesn’t usually cause major problems, Barzagar said.

More severe cases of truss uplift can put cracks in the paint in walls or drywall. Barzagar recommends checking the edges of an attic for insulation stops, or pieces of cardboard that protect a soffit from getting covered and ensuring airflow.

Richard Amiotte, who has heard the banging for the past few days, says he sympathizes for his more than 50-year-old home.

“(I’m) getting old,” Amiotte said, adding his own bones get a little creakier each winter. “I can see how she feels.”

Source: CTV Edmonton/New Home Construction in Edmonton, December 2018