If you find water leaking through your ceiling, it is not the end of the world. Though such a leak will certainly be annoying, you can mitigate the damage if you act quickly and decisively towards effective water leak detection. Below, our plumbing gurus explain exactly what you should do when water leaks through your ceiling.
1. Identify the Cause of the Leak
Water leaking through the ceiling is typically a symptom of a faulty pipe or other plumbing components. However, there is a chance the roofing system has been compromised. If even a small amount of water leaks through the roof, there is probably more water than you can see. Ignore the leak and you will likely end up with structural damage, mold and the growth of mildew. If you spot peeling paint, blistered paint or discoloration on the ceiling, reach out to our plumbing team right away. We will perform a timely assessment of your home plumbing system to determine if a leaky pipe is a culprit.
However, if the water is dripping from the part of the ceiling directly below the attic or the surface of the roof, the shingles or another component of the roofing are likely the problem. After all, plumbing fixtures rarely run through the attic so a leak in this part of the home is almost always a result of a faulty roof system. If the leak is steady, it is likely related to the plumbing system. The leak might continue indefinitely until the water supply pipe is addressed. If the drainpipe is the underlying issue, there might be intermittent leaking.
2. Minimizing Damage and Addressing the Leak
There is no single foolproof means of addressing a leak coming through the ceiling. The cause of the leak ultimately determines the approach to repairing it. Roof leaks typically require unique materials, the expertise of a roofer, the assistance of a proven plumber and possibly even a carpenter. The most important thing you can do is ask for help from the area's most trusted plumbers. Reach out to us for assistance with your leak and we will determine exactly why it is occurring and address it appropriately. In the meantime, you can do some things to minimize the damage.
Upon water leak detection, do not assume a couple of drips coming out of the ceiling are the extent of the leak. There might be a considerable amount of concealed water moving along the drywall above. You can do your part to limit the damage and prevent the widespread replacement of the ceiling by drilling a small hole in the affected portion of the ceiling. Drill this hole smack dab in the center of the compromised area. This way, water that has pooled above will drain down below into a bucket.
As long as you remove the water in a timely manner, the damp drywall above will dry out. However, if the water is given enough time to pool, it is possible the paper backing will start to disintegrate or serve as a food source for mold that inevitably expands throughout the entirety of your home, compromising your health and your home's structure. Instead of replacing drywall panels, it is better to simply patch a small portion of the drywall ceiling.
3. How to Handle a Roof Leak
If you are certain the leak is the result of a faulty roof, contact a roofer. Some local roofing companies provide emergency service including the addition of an emergency tarp. Unfortunately, if the weather is nasty, the roofer will not be able to tend to the leak until the storm has dissipated. The emergency tarp just might serve as a temporary solution that mitigates damage to your home as you wait for the roofer to address the underlying problem.
4. Check the Upstairs Sink, Toilet and Shower
It is possible the leak stems from a faulty shower, sink or toilet. A worn or faulty wax ring permits water to move into the subfloor and the ceiling whenever the toilet is flushed. If you spot water along the floor near the toilet base or smell nasty sewer fumes, the wax ring needs to be replaced. Even if you do not spot water along the floor by the toilet, a leaky wax ring might allow water to move to the subfloor.
A leaky sink typically results from problems with the gasket or even then washer in the faucet/drain assembly. The gasket is a flat seal, typically comprised of plastic or rubber, positioned between the faucet assembly's base and the vanity. If a washer, O-ring or gasket is excessively worn, water will leak as the seal is no longer secure. If the leak occurs when the water from the shower runs, the problem might not be a damaged tile within the shower or a shower faucet. Leaks that continue beyond the point at which the shower water is turned off typically stem from the water supply pipe in the wall/subfloor. When in doubt, reach out to the professionals for assistance. Our team is here to pinpoint the true cause of your ceiling leak and perform the necessary repairs to keep everything you value dry and safe.
A leaky roof can disrupt your day-to-day life and bring you a lot of discomforts as well as stress. In such a situation, it is necessary to identify the source of the problem and act swiftly. Professional plumbers will be able to help you get rid of water accumulated on your roof, which may be causing the leaks. Correct water leak detection goes a long way in helping you find a long-term solution to the problem.
Call Erica's Plumbing for a Job Done Right
If water is leaking through your ceiling, do not panic. Call our plumbing crew right away so we can address the problem on your behalf. You can reach our plumbers by dialing (561) 245-7435. We provide 24/7 service for plumbing emergencies. If you prefer to contact us online, fill out our contact form and we will be in touch.