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The Facts About Ceiling Water Damage

While ceiling water damage sounds like a dilemma that is immediately noticeable, this is not always the case. Usually, there are subtle signs and clues that you may not put together until it is too late. This is especially true for hidden leaks. Because ceiling water damage results in expensive repairs that may or may not be covered by your homeowners insurance policy, we are sharing a few facts about ceiling water damage to help you mitigate this scary situation.

The Subtle Signs of Ceiling Water Damage

  • Peeling, flaking, or bubbling of wallpaper or paint
  • Visible stains or discoloration
  • Mold
  • Texture changes to the ceiling.
  • Increased utility bills
  • Musty odors

The Consequences of Ceiling Water Damage

  • Structural damage or collapse
  • Contamination of building materials such as insulation and drywall
  • Health hazards of mold
  • Declining property value, especially when the appearance of the water damage is apparent and well documented.
  • Higher utility bills
  • Mold growth

The Causes of Ceiling Water Damage

You can count on water to flow toward one given spot as the result of a leak. Visible sagging or other effects may be noticeable. The worst part of ceiling water damage is that the visible signs generally only scratch the surface of the actual extent of damage. Water runs downward and can land on the upper materials of the ceiling, which often include drywall or plaster.

1. Roof Damage

If you have ceiling water damage from the point below the attic or the roof itself, you are most likely facing damage to the roof. Roof damage arises from downed tree limbs and debris, bad weather, nesting animals, or faulty gutters. 

Ceiling water stains near a fireplace could indicate faulty chimney flashing. This can result in damage to your roof, ceilings, or attic. Flashing strips should fit tightly around your chimney and should be checked every six months.

2. Insulation Issues

Should you find water stains from the roof, you will need to identify the source. Take note if the damage appears after inclement weather such as hail, flooding, or snow. If this is the case, you should upgrade your insulation.

3. Old Caulking and Plaster

Old caulking and plaster can also cause significant ceiling water damage and seepage. Normal wear and tear can succumb to gravity when combined with the force of water. If this happens, the structure may move away from the framing. Caulking and other adhesives can be injected between the plaster and lath to temporarily reinforce the ceiling.

4. Other Common Causes

There are also a few other common causes of ceiling water damage. These can include poorly insulated piping, gutters, or a faulty shower pan. For these scenarios, call a professional for help.

How to Mitigate Ceiling Water Damage

When you have ceiling water damage, FRSGA recommends leaving the repairs to a professional. Still, there are some methods you can employ to prevent further damage.

  • Find and stop the source of water.
  • Find and fix roof leaks or replace dripping pipes. If you can access the attic, place a bucket beneath and mop up standing water.
  • If you cannot access the attic, eliminate pooling by punching a small hole through the ceiling and allow the water to drain into a bucket.
  • FRSGA is Your First Choice for Fixing Ceiling Water Damage

    Any leaks should be sealed and fixed, in addition to properly dried and dehumidified. FRSGA is on your team, and works to return the property to pre-loss condition. FRSGA is skilled in restoration and water damage repairs for homes damaged by water. We help you recover quickly and return to normal life!