Ceiling leaks may be a symptom of a larger problem that is lying in the attic, roof, or higher levels of the building. Before calling Bridgewater Roofers and starting the process of fixing the ceiling, it is necessary to identify the source of the leak, track it down to its locate the source of the leak and put an end to it.
Signs that your ceiling is leaking
As visible as water flowing from the ceiling onto the floor, a ceiling leak can also show itself in ways that are more difficult to identify, such as musty odors, ceiling fittings that are dripping with water, or bugs infestations. The majority of ceiling leaks are chronic, rather than one-time or isolated incidents. The leak indeed passes through the ceiling, but it is also possible that it will continue to leak and drop-down walls.
Check your home for ceiling leaks on the inside
Pooled Water Should Be Marked
Begin at the water’s edge and work your way out. If water is collecting on the ground, mark the area with a bucket, painter’s tape, or chalk to indicate where the water is pooling.
Condensation should be looked for
Condensation should be eliminated as the source of the ceiling leak. If condensation is the root of the problem, install an exhaust fan or use a dehumidifier to remove the moisture.
From a puddle of water, look upward
Following the pool of water upward is the best option. When a drop occurs on the ceiling, it is frequently visible and remains visible even after the drip has stopped. Water moves downward in search of the path of least resistance, albeit it may take a tortuous route in some cases to do so.
Mark the location of a water leak
If the drip area on the ceiling is extensive, trace the outline of the drip region with a pencil. With the moisture detector, check for moisture in regions that are not readily visible.
Look for Collection Points if you can
Ceiling leaks can collect in light fixtures, which can function as a container for them. It is possible that the leak is not located precisely above the fixture. Instead, because the fixture is located at the lowest position on the ceiling, it serves as a water collection point. The tops of kitchen wall cabinets, like the bottoms of the cabinets, serve as water leak collectors.
Look into the attic
The attic may be accessed by installing a ladder beneath the attic access door, which is normally placed in a closet or a hallway. If the space above the leak is an attic, the leak can be repaired by replacing the attic insulation. Bring a flashlight with you. Wearing protective equipment such as gloves are recommended. Find the source of the leak and mark it. Fiberglass insulation batts should be rolled up. When working with loose-fill cellulose insulation, collect it with a dustpan and set it away.
Look at the bottom of the roof
Using Bridgewater Roofing, trace a vertical sightline upward from where the leak is to the top of the ceiling drywall. Check to see whether the bottom of the roof is dripping wet. Underside leaks of this sort frequently begin at a high point and descend. As a result, if the roof is leaking, the leak may be situated near the starting point of the leak’s course.
Upper Floor should be investigated
If the region above the ceiling leak is a livable level rather than an attic, try to pinpoint the exact location of the area above the ceiling leak by taking measurements inward from the walls toward the leak. A strong likelihood exists that the leak is coming from one of the bathroom fixtures right above it, such as the bathroom’s toilet, shower, or bathtub, if any of those are located directly above the leak. Water supply lines or drain pipes that are hidden behind walls or beneath floors may be leaking in some instances.