A ceiling leak can appear mild at first, but when it starts dripping, it can be alarming. In case your ceiling ever leaks, it is essential to remediate the problem as soon as possible. Read below to understand the signs and causes of ceiling leaks and what to do about it.
Signs of a Leaky Ceiling
If your ceiling leaks, there will be signs outside and inside your home of the issue. On the inside, there may be dark spots on the ceiling, sagging, bulging, or even sunlight coming through the spot. If the leak is coming from the outdoors, part of your roof will show missing or damaged shingles, loose or broken flashing around chimneys and vents, or stopped-up drainpipes and gutters.
Causes of Ceiling Leaks
Ceiling leaks can have different sources. One common one is a leak in the roof. The roof may have damage, or be very old and in need of replacement. A recent or current rainfall can give the hole away by shedding rainwater into your roof, and then your ceiling. If the problem is not with the roof, it may be poor insulation. When a house does not have tight insulation, ice dams can form along the gutters and create icicles. While pretty, there is a risk of water melting into your home. If the leak is not coming from the outside, though, it is likely a plumbing issue. Water leaking from a broken pipe will appear clear, but outside water will pick up dirt and debris and look brown.
If water begins to leak from your ceiling, prevent further damage by getting a bucket to catch the water. Next, it is time to do your best to minimize the damage. Take a screwdriver and puncture a hole through the wet drywall to lessen pressure on the water flow. The faster the water can come out of the hole, the safer your ceiling will be. Doing this can minimize the chance of further deterioration of the drywall and avoid mold growth.
If you are not comfortable with tackling the repairs yourself, call an emergency remediation and restoration company. If the problem is due to plumbing, call a plumber. An emergency contractor can lend a tarp to stop the water flow. If the company is like North Arundel Contracting, you can use the same company to fix the damage to the drywall and the roof.
The Danger of Waiting
No matter what, do not wait if you suspect a leakage in your ceiling. Even if no water is coming from above, a small, dark spot will swiftly spread and potentially cause a collapse. Do not wait; call a remediation company today.
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