After returning home from a long, much needed vacation you open the door to your Auburn, New Hampshire home to unload your luggage. You then spread yourself out on the couch with a cool drink in hand. You take a swallow of the refreshing liquid and lift your head. That’s when you notice it; a large spot on your ceiling. Could it be that you have water damage on the ceiling? Where did it come from? Since you’ve been gone a while, it’s hard to tell whether the moisture intrusion came from a leaking plumbing line or from seepage in the roof. There’s a way to tell. If the water appears fresh, it probably comes from a plumbing leak, if it seems dirty or causes a stain on the roof; it’s a safe bet it’s from a roof leak. Repairing this problem, whether it’s caused by a broken pipe or heavy rain, is crucial to the condition of your home.
Not sure how this happened? Here are a few signs of water damage. Think back; did you notice any strange odors, discolored growths or stains, and peeling wall surfaces? These are clear signs that you have a problem on your hands. If you notice depressions around fasteners and tiny dimples forming on the ceiling beware, (this is caused when the drywall surrounding the nails or screws gives way to gravity and begins to sag), you may need help. Another sign is bubbling paint. When water damage on the ceiling or walls builds up in the drywall it can often cause water to pool behind the paint causing it to bubble.
Water damage is a serious matter and could lead to mold and mildew issues. Mold can spread to other areas of your home through the vents. It can also cause serious health concerns. Another hazard from water damage on the ceiling is falling debris. Saturated ceiling tiles or drywall can collapse at a moments notice. Being underneath a flood damaged ceiling creates risk of personal injury.
If the ceiling area starts to droop or sag, it’s best to carefully remove all valuables and furniture from the surrounding area in case the ceiling collapses. Proceed with extreme caution and do not attempt if you feel unsafe. If there’s a bubble or sag within the drywall, water could be collecting on the other side. Make a drain hole with a nail, catching the water in a bucket. This will relieve a lot of the built-up pressure from the water accumulation behind the ceiling.
Water damage on the ceiling could be the sign of a big problem, possibly one that you cannot remedy on your own. If the roof has been affected by water intrusion, it could lead to wood deterioration and structural damage to your home. Call a professional; more specifically, call Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration. This IICRC certified company is backed by over 25 years of expertise. They are the ones to call to save your home from flood damage. With the use of moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras they can find the root of your problem and repair it. They are available 24/7 at (603) 641-6555.
Written by E. Aceves