Ceiling leaks are probably every homeowner’s greatest fear.
Because of this fear, the tendency is to notice a stain on the ceiling and pretend you didn’t see it at all…hoping it will go away.
But, before long, there is water coming from the ceiling, and you can be sure there is a water or moisture problem.
If it seems obvious, such as a leak directly underneath the upstairs bathroom, a plumber should be called immediately. Sometimes, leaks are more difficult to locate.
Ceiling leaks are important and shouldn’t ever be ignored.
If water is pooling underneath the surface, the result could be disastrous. And if an active leak continues, it can easily cause drywall and structural damage. In addition, the excess water can lead to mold growth which is a serious health concern for you and your family.
If you see ceiling leaks or stains that appear to be coming from your roof, you should go outside to make a visual observation. Sometimes, plumbing pipes that are under the roof may leak. If you have a bad plumbing vent pipe, this could be the source of the ceiling leak.
Some other possible causes of ceiling leaks could be a damaged seal from the shower drain in the bathroom, cracked pipes, damage to a main drain pipe. A ceiling leak could come from simply a rusting or deteriorating screw that allows too much water to escape. A ceiling leak could be as simple as condensation build-up on the toilet or as serious as a broken pipe.
A visit from a professional plumber will not only give you peace of mind and possibly save you money in the long run, should you damage something while trying to locate the leak yourself.