|Ceiling water damage can be
difficult to fix because the source is not always where you might expect. This type of restoration must be taken
care of right away.
Don't ignore those water stains
laying in bed or relaxing in front of the television, you suddenly feel dripping on your forehead. Looking up,
you notice that the water is dripping from the ceiling and there is a wet spot. Can it really be water damage?
Isn't this just what you need right now? How do you determine what is causing
the ceiling water damage and how do you fix it? It's likely you have no experience with things like this, but don't
want to pay out the nose either. Luckily, there are a few things you can try in order to fix the problem on your
How to fix ceiling water
Many times DIY restoration is the way to
go, or perhaps you need to hire a contractor. At the very least, you need to find the source and stop it before
more water damage occurs.
The cause of your water damage
Because there is so much insulation in ceilings, by the time you see the
water leaking through, it is likely that the problem has already been there for some time.
You'll need to determine the cause in order to fix it and there are several
This type of water damage is generally caused by either a
leaking roof, faulty plumbing or pipes and condensation. Leaky roofing is a common cause, so if
you notice the leakage is more common during rain storms, this is a good thing to check
Damaged pipes are also a good guess, but can mimic roof
damage if the pipe only has a slow leak. Condensation can also be mistaken for leaking pipes.
This is what makes DIY restoration difficult.
It's a good idea to turn off the water and electricity to
the area. The first thing you will want to do is open up the ceiling in the affected area. This
can be quite a disruption, but you should be able to do this part on your own if you don't want
to pay a contractor.
Clean the room of furniture and belongings. Cover the
carpet, if necessary, with a plastic tarp in case of further leakage. You will then want to
open up the ceiling right around the area of damage.
Get rid of mold, mildew and musty basement
First, check for mold. This is a common problem associated with water
damage and you will probably require professional help if it's present. You must be sure to get
rid of black mold and mildew. You certainly do not want that musty basement smell
You may not be able to determine the cause of ceiling
water damage right away, as there's a lot of stuff up there. Pull out the insulation so you'll
get a better view, and look around for signs of the common causes.
Once you get an idea what is causing your leakage, you
can determine whether it's something you can fix on your own. Water damage recovery can be
expensive and very time consuming.
If a leaking pipe is the problem, it may be possible to
patch or wrap the leak without having to remove the whole pipe. Even if you do need to replace
a section of pipe due to ceiling water damage, you can do this on your own.
You can purchase pieces at a plumbing supply or hardware
store where they can also give you tips on the installation process. Roof leaks can be fixed by
pulling up the faulty portion of tiles or shingles and replacing the affected area.
DIY restoration or contractor?
Finding out that your home is affected by ceiling water damage can be
alarming, but it's very possible to diagnose and fix the problem on your own. Water damage
restoration and prevention are skills homeowners should learn.
Open the ceiling and check for the common causes. Once
you decide what the source is, you can either proceed to fix it yourself or hire a professional
to come in and take care of it for you.
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