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Ceiling Water Damage, Find the Source and Make Repairs

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Depending on the size of the leak, the signs of ceiling water damage can vary greatly, from a wet, dripping ceiling to a small stain. Regardless of the size, the leak should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage and potential mold growth.

The following are signs to look for that indicate a leak in the ceiling.

Wet Ceiling.

Any time that your ceiling is dripping or looks wet, this is a sure indication that there is a problem.


A stain on the ceiling usually indicates water damage. The size and darkness of the stain can indicate how big the leak is or how long it has been a problem.

Peeling Paint.

In many cases paint peeling from the ceiling is indicative of a moisture problem, which can be attributed to a leak.


Seeing mold on your ceiling can be a result of poor ventilation, but it can also mean that there is a leak in the ceiling that is causing the ideal conditions for mold growth.
If you have suspicions that your ceiling may be leaking, the problem needs to be addressed quickly. Even a small ceiling leak can quickly cause big damage if left to continue. The timing of the leak can go a long way to offering clues about the source. A leak downstairs after a child’s bath time may just be the result of exuberant splashing and water seeping through the floor. Upstairs leaks when it is raining may indicate a problem with the roof.
After ruling out the obvious sources, it is a good idea to call a professional to help find the leak. You can try investigating by accessing the attic. A visual inspection of this area may help to identify the source. Look for any wet insulation, darker colored wood or mold growth. If you find moisture in the attic, look for pipes nearby that may be leaking. Leaky pipes typically show signs of wear, including cracks, rust or holes. Leaky pipes should be fixed by a professional.
Even after the leak is corrected, the damage and moisture in the home can remain, making the area susceptible to rot and mold growth. It is important to address the damage immediately. This may include drying out the area, replacing wood and insulation or part of the ceiling. Removing the moisture and the damage will ensure that you do not have any further problems down the road as a result of the ceiling leak.
Soil-Away’s team of restoration professionals can help to repair the damage after a ceiling leak has affected your home. From drying out the area to prevent mold growth to replacing damaged beams and ceiling plaster, the Soil-Away team is ready to help.

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