Ceiling Water Leak
Ceiling Water Leak
A ceiling water leak is often, but not always, caused by a leak in the roof of a house. Other things that may cause a leak in the ceiling include a plumbing problem, a leaky skylight, a window leak, a siding leak or a masonry leak.
A water leak in the ceiling is a problem for many reasons. By the time you realize you have a leak, you can have serious damage not only to your ceiling but to your roof, as well. Damage to your roof can be hazardous. It can also be quite expensive to repair.
Ceiling Water Leak With Mold
In addition, a great deal of mold can grow in your attic or in the space between your ceiling and your roof, and exposure to this sort of household mold has been linked to numerous health problems, including respiratory disorders and infections, asthma attacks, pneumonia, chronic sinusitis, headaches and migraines, chronic sore throats, rashes, hives, allergic reactions, depression, fatigue, digestive problems and more. Once mold begins to grow because of a ceiling water leak, you may end up needing to remove and replace insulation, drywall, ceiling tiles and other materials because they are difficult or impossible to clean.
How to Find a Water Leak in Your Roof
It can be difficult to find a leak in your roof. Often, a leak doesn’t become apparent right away. You may not notice a leak until it’s gotten pretty bad. For that reason, it’s recommended that you investigate and address any signs of a leak as soon as you notice it. Don’t put it off, because by the time you notice it, the problem may already be pretty serious.
Signs of a leaky roof to watch for include:
- Discolored spots on the ceiling.
- Peeling paint or rotting wood around skylights.
- Water stains or mold or mildew around your chimney.
- Finding shingles or other bits of debris from the roof in your yard.
- A musty smell, especially in your attic (this is a sign of mold growth, which frequently occurs when your roof has been leaking)
- You may notice water dripping from the ceiling in severe cases, especially during a hard rain or when a heavy snow is melting, but often that doesn’t happen until the damage is significant. It’s better if you can catch the problem earlier.
When checking for the source of a ceiling water leak, roofing experts and medical professionals alike recommend homeowners not climb up on their roof to look for signs of trouble. Falls from roofs are a very common cause of injury and can even be deadly. Instead, homeowners should inspect their roofs as best as they can from the ground, as well as inspecting the attic of the home and keeping an eye out for the signs of a leaky roof listed above.
Call a professional if you think your roof needs to be inspected. Professional roofers and other contractors that regularly climb ladders and work on rooftops have safety training as well as the appropriate safety gear and they can inspect the top of your roof safely.
If You Have a Ceiling Water Leak
If you have, or suspect you have, a leak in your ceiling or roof, or if you think you have mold growing in your attic or above your ceiling, we suggest calling in a mold remediation professional that can inspect your home for mold, find a water leak if you have one, and advise you about the repairs needed, including the safety measures that should be taken while making the repairs. Mold remediation professionals have equipment that can dry out damp attics or other areas quickly in order to prevent more mold growth.