Ceiling Leaks

It may be one of every homeowner’s biggest fears: ceiling stains and leaks.

First, you look up and notice a stain on the ceiling; you ignore it and pretend it will go away. Before you know it, you have ceiling leaks and are in a state of panic.

One thing is for sure, if you have ceiling leaks, you know that there is a water or moisture problem. This is the root source of the cause, and you will have to determine where the water is coming from, so that it may be treated accordingly.

If it seems obvious, such as a leak directly underneath your upstairs bathroom, you will know that you need to contact a plumber immediately. However, leaks coming from other areas, that aren’t associated with water, may be more difficult to locate.

Ceiling leaks are important and must be addressed immediately. If water is pooling underneath the surface, the result could be disastrous. And if an active leak continues, they can easily cause drywall and structural damage and that repair.

This damage will be much more costly in the long run then hiring an experienced plumber to assess and correct the ceiling leak immediately upon finding the leak. In addition, the excess water can lead to mold growth which is a serious health concern for you and your family.

If you see ceiling leaks or stains that appear to be coming from your roof, you should go outside to make a visual observation.

  • Sometimes, plumbing pipes that are under the roof may leak. If you have a bad plumbing vent pipe, this could be the source of your ceiling leak. Some other possible causes of ceiling leaks include a damaged seal from the shower drain in your bathroom, cracked pipes, damage to a main drain pipe, or even something like a screw rusting and deteriorating that allows too much water to escape.
  • Ceiling leaks require the expertise of a plumber that knows how to detect the exact location of the leak. You do not want to tear up your flooring or ceiling if it's not necessary.
  • Ceiling leaks might be caused by something as simple as condensation build up on a commode, or as serious as a break in a pipe.
  • As soon as you notice the leak, call a plumber who is trained to find and fix the leak. This will not only give you peace of mind but also save you money that you might eventually spend to repair the damage caused by trying to locate the source of the leak yourself.

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