A water stain on the ceiling is usually a by-product of a roof, heating appliance, or plumbing leak that seeped through the ceiling and evaporated, leaving you with an unsightly patch of dried, discolored mineral deposits. What can it be??? You may need to do some detective work. Is it from the roof or an upstairs bathroom or maybe a leaking pipe or maybe condensation.
Common Sources of Ceiling Stains
If you can’t identify a possible water source above the ceiling stain, you may have a leaky pipe. It’s also not uncommon for water to run along rafters or piping before dropping onto your ceiling, hiding the true source of the problem. The stains do not automatically mean the roof is leaking. The stain may be from drips in the attic from condensation. Many pipes run through the attic could be the second floor hot water heaters, A/C lines and water lines. Tiny cracks allow slow leaks up in the attic crawl space which lead to stains on the ceiling. Even if your ceiling does not look too bad now watch for musty odors, mold growth and peeling ceiling or wall surfaces. It does not take much moisture to create a disaster.
It’s time to stop putting off a problem that will only get worse. What’s causing your ceiling water stains?
- Attic Condensation – One of the likely reasons for ceiling water stains in the upper level of the home is excess moisture trickling down from the attic. When an attic doesn’t have enough ventilation, this can easily happen. Beware… If you have an attic condensation problem, you probably have a mold problem too.
- Leaking Pipes – Plumbing leaks in the upstairs bathroom can cause ceiling water stains below. This matter deserves your immediate attention.
- Grout and Caulking Issues – If the grout or caulking around your tub, shower or toilet is worn out, water can pool and begin to drain into the floor, causing ceiling stains downstairs. Re-caulking is the only solution.
- Roofing Problem – Missing shingles or faulty flashing can easily lead to an active roof leak during the next rainstorm. An in-depth interior attic inspection can let you know if that is the case.
Side Effects Of A Leak
The most obvious consequence of a leak is a compromised structure due to damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing, or exterior trim. Wet wood leads to deterioration and rot. Another side effect would be high utility bills caused by water intrusion which destroys the insulation in the attic area. Another side effect is mold. Do not just paint or cover up the damage. You will need to tear out the damaged portion of the ceiling. If mold is present you must kill all the mold spores or it will come back. At this point you may want to call a professional to make sure all is completely clean and dry and ready to replace and paint.
Water Technicians are Certified in Water Restoration Removal
Professionals will identify and create solutions that minimize or eliminate the chance of future occurrences. Make sure they are certified. Just as certified accountants, plumbers, and mechanics project a higher level of competency in their fields, and just as members of the American Medical Association and American Bar Association set themselves a part through training, experience and comprehensive examination — IICRC certification helps to immediately identify the cleaning, restoration, and inspection industry’s most skilled and dedicated technicians and businesses. Great care and up to date techniques will be used to prevent damage from warping, swelling, buckling and decontamination furniture. Odors, mold and other health issues will be prevented throughout the entire process. When the team is finished, you will have a dry, clean, and safe environment again.
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