06 June 2017

Is a Water Leak Damaging Your Ceiling?

We recently had a water leak. Thankfully it was in an inconspicuous place. It started out like a huge bubble in the ceiling and then it burst open! Large water leaks coming from the ceiling might be easy to detect, but there are slower, more insidious water intrusions that create extensive damage over time. Below are a few of the ways to determine if you might have water damage that is not so easy to detect. These tips are important for any homeowner.

Massive Water Leak

Having bathrooms on an upper level of the home require plumbing to feed the water to sinks, showers and tubs. A sudden burst in this line can cause sudden and massive flooding that seems to be coming from the sky. The damage this does is immediate and undeniable. It can cause whole ceiling drywall sections to fall.  

Water Stains

A slow leak in upstairs plumbing, or in a roof can cause spots of discoloration to appear on the ceiling. They can be yellowish to brown in appearance and will gradually increase in size. The danger here is that once the ceiling is water-logged, the weight will cause sections to start coming down.

Bubbled or Peeling Paint

Paint will not remain sticking to a surface that has become wet. Bubbles and peeling paint are a sure sign that there is a moisture problem on the ceiling. If the ceiling feels damp there is most likely a plumbing leak. If the area feels dry, check it again after a rain. It is most likely a roof leak.

Dripping Water 

There should never be an unexplained pool of water on the floor. Check the ceiling right above the drips and see if there is a leak coming through of some sort. It is more likely to come through the area that holds ceiling fans and lights, or an already existing crack.

Overhead Light Problems

When the overhead light crackles, goes on and off, or completely burns out, the culprit may not be faulty wiring. There could be water accessing the wires causing the problem. You will need to do some investigating to know for sure.

Falling Plaster, Drywall or Ceiling Panels

If you suddenly experience ceiling plaster, drywall or panels that drop for no reason, check to see if they are damp. The weight of water can cause them to break and come down. Another sign is if the product crumbles easily in your hand.

If you're anything like me and repairing drywall or ceilings isn't your forte, you'll want to call an expert. Contact water damage detection specialists like United Water Restoration to get an estimate for all of your ceiling repair Houston today!