Common causes of ceiling water damage include leaky or burst pipes, an overflowing toilet or bathtub, and roof leaks. However, any source of water that leaks down to the ceiling will eventually cause damage. Slow ceiling leaks can cause yellowish-brown stains and lead to mold. Instead of avoiding it, here are some facts to get you up to investigate.
Ceiling Stains and More
Water can travel a surprising distance from the initial leak, and roof leaks can be tough to isolate. Even in an apparently simple situation, such as when a bathroom is directly above the stain, there are still a number of potential sources for the water. It could be a leaking drain, loose supply line, or missing caulk. The tiny cracks allow slow leaks up in the attic crawl space which leads to stains on the ceiling. Be very vigilant about, musty odors, discolored growths, stains, and peelings on wall surfaces. It does not take much water to create a disaster.
Unattended Problems Will Get Worse Over Time
Chronic wet wood leads to deterioration and rot. That leads to a compromised structure. Check your rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing, and exterior trim. Another effect of a leak with water intrusion is the saturation of the insulation. Have your utility bills increased? That could be a sign of leaking water. Do not repair or core up the damage without finding the cause because that will just create a bigger problem. If the water continues to seep or leak, you may need to tear out the portion of the freshly patched ceiling you just repaired. If mold spores are not killed, then mold becomes an even larger problem.
Should I Hire a Water Damage Restoration Company?
Hiring a water removal specialist could put your mind at ease because they have advanced drying equipment and the tools to test for moisture. It is best to place fans above the ceiling and below to have a top-down dry out. A water damaged ceiling needs a lot of air circulation and very low humidity in the household to fully dry out. If mold was present while drying out the area, the spores will be released by the airflow and drift into other areas, creating a very dangerous home for humans. Restoration professionals can immediately and thoroughly extract the water from the affected area of your home or business and evaluate the damage. Once evaluated then can also do any repairs to fix the structural damage. Furniture, documents, and other belongings can be dried and restored if needed. When the team is finished, you will have a dry, clean, and safe environment again. Most restoration companies provide a 24-hour emergency service!
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