What To Do When Your Ceiling is Leaking
With harsh outdoor elements such as wind, snow, ice build up, and rain your roof is sure to take a serious beating. While your roof should accommodate these normal weather occurrences, sometimes they fall short of holding up in the most severe cases. While there are many reasons why your roof may not be doing the best job that it should, there are also many problems that come with a failing roof. Leaking through to your ceiling is one of those problems.
When you have a leak coming from your ceiling, the first thing you should do is identify where the leak originated. When the leak is a product of a faulty roof, the leak will most likely be more persistent during rain storms or other wet weather. Another great indication that the leak that is coming through your ceiling is due to a damaged roof is if the water coming out of the area is dirty or leaving a stain on the ceiling itself. If it is indeed dirty water or staining your ceiling, head to the attic during daylight hours. Doing this during daylight can help you quickly identify any holes or issues that may be present by seeing the outside light poking through them. Sticking something like a pen or pencil through the holes can help you find them when inspecting the exterior of the roof. If there happen to be no visible holes, check for water stains or trails of dirty water as the water can be due to getting underneath your roof’s flashing.
Next you should check the exterior of your home’s roof. If you found holes in the attic this should be easy if you marked the areas where the holes were located. The easiest way to fix these areas would be to replace the shingles that are missing or loose. As long as the problem area in your ceiling stops leaking during the next rain storm, it is safe to fix inside. You can usually easily fix the inside of your home’s ceiling with spackle and paint if you identified the source and stopped the leak early enough.
If you did not find any visible holes or problem areas when inspecting the inside of your roof through your attic, you should still inspect the exterior of your roof. When inspecting the exterior, check for problems in the flashing or for any shingles that seem to be loose. Also check around the plumbing vents and utility fixtures that may be on your roof for any gaps or spaces that water could slip through. If nothing seems to stand out to you, or your leak does not stop when replacing the missing and damaged shingles, contact your local roofing company. When contacting your local roofing company, they will send a roofing contractor out to access the situation and see if there is any issues that they can spot that you may not have been able to.
Not fixing a leaky ceiling in a timely manner can ending up costing you hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, in damages as well as compromise your safety and the safety of the people who live inside your home. A leaky ceiling can eventually lead to wet sheet rock or dry wall, a ceiling that will crumble to pieces, and can eventually grow mold that can make you and your family sick.
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