If you ever find water damage on your ceiling, it can be a headache trying to decide how it got there and what you can do to fix it. Let’s cover the major causes of water damage so that you can be on the lookout for factors to keep an eye on throughout the year. Be careful not to just paint over this damage, but truly address it to make sure that the problem won’t become a perennial threat and cause more damage to your Gambrills home in the long run.
Examine the Damage
As a Gambrills homeowner, the first step in assessing the water damage on your ceiling is doing a visual inspection of the spot. Unfortunately, this initial step won’t tell you where the leak is coming from, but it will help narrow down the list of possible culprits. Next, examine the surrounding areas on the ceiling for a likely source of the leak. Is it on the first floor of your Gambrills home or on the top floor? If possible, find a way to view the stain from above to find the potential source. Try to remember when you first noticed the stain. Did you just use an appliance or take a shower? These factors will also help narrow down the best ways to tackle the water damage.
Assess the Leak
The major causes of water damage on ceilings comes from water finding its way from the outside and moving inward. Some factors that would cause this include roof damage, frozen or bursting pipes, eroded pipes, or clogged gutters; so, to determine which of these factors is causing the water damage on your ceiling, assess the direction and flow of the water. Based on the stain or other visible damage, can you see where the leak is coming from?
If you’re handy or have a group of friends that are, then you could possibly tackle this project on your own. After examining the water damage and assessing the possible sources of the leak, it is well within the scope of possibilities to do these repairs with your own resources. If the stain is large or you can’t quite locate the source of the stain, then calling a professional team would be the best course of action. They have specialized tools and equipment to handle the job efficiently and thoroughly.
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