Man Finishing Repair After Ceiling Leak

How to Troubleshoot a Ceiling Leak

Water dripping from the ceiling is a sure-fire indication that you have a water leak. If this is the case, then you must act immediately to stop the leak. This will minimize the risk of ongoing and serious damage that could cost thousands to fix. There is also a risk of mildew, mold, or structural damage becoming an issue.

Signs of Water Leak

Several things suggest that you have an unwanted water leak:

  • Discoloration
  • Sagging drywall
  • Paint blistering or peeling paint
  • Dripping water

Identify the Leak

If you suspect a water leak, the first thing that you need to act immediately and identify where the leak is coming from.

Roof Leak

When the water coming from the ceiling is below an attic space or directly below the roof surface, there is a high probability the water is breaching the house's external defenses, and there is a hole in the roof or the building materials are damaged.

Other things you should look out for include:

  • The leaking occurs immediately following rainfall.
  • The water is brown or dirty because it comes from the roof and dirt on the way.
  • Soggy or wet insulation in the attic

Plumbing Leak

The other major source of a leak in a ceiling occurs when there is a leak in the plumbing system or pipes. These types of leaks are more common if the leak occurs below a kitchen or bathroom. When the leak is from the domestic water supply, it will run continuously, while a wastewater leak is typically associated with the running of a fixture.

Mold and Ceiling Leaks     

Mold is a major concern when there is a ceiling leak. According to the CDC, mold can begin to accumulate within 24 to 48 hours of the moisture accumulating. One of the issues with a ceiling leak is the water may begin to accumulate some time before the signs start to show, meaning mold will already be accumulating, and you will have no idea.

Fix the Leak             

Once you have identified the source of the leak, you will need to fix it. Seems relatively straightforward, right? Now, finding the leak can prove a lot more difficult than this overview suggests. There may also already be mold growing that needs to be properly removed, and fixing a leak can be a frustrating process.

Call the Professionals

If there is one takeaway point, when a leak is discovered, acting quickly to resolve it is essential to avoid mold and structural damage.

If you have noticed a ceiling leak, we strongly recommend you call the professionals immediately. Our experts can diagnose the source quickly, fix the leak, and restore the house to its previous state, leaving no indication there was ever a leak.