How to Deal With Ceiling Leaks

How to deal with ceiling leaks

Ceiling leaks can be some of the most damaging and expensive issues that you will ever have to deal with as a homeowner. Your home is designed to keep water out, but sometimes water manages to make it through a hole in the roof that is carved out by animals or by general wear and tear. When you have to deal with ceiling leaks, it can be a serious headache, but with Florida Dry, you can make the water damage repair a little less painful.

Identify the Source of the Leak

Identifying the source of a leak is a little bit like finding a needle in a hay-stack. You might find where the water is pooling up in your home but that will be a completely different location than where the leak is starting. This is because water will always follow the path of least resistance until reaching the final spot where it pools.

When you are looking for the source of a leak, ask yourself a few questions to help clarify where the leak could be coming from. Is the leak only an issue when it is raining, or is the leak an issue rain-or-shine? If the leak is only an issue in the rain, the chances are that there is a hole in your roof where the water is entering. If not, you may have a leaky pipe that is spilling water out into your home.

Stop the Leak

If the leak is coming from inside your home via a leaky pipe or a leaking HVAC unit, you will want to take a few immediate precautions. First, shut off the circuit breakers in your home. It is common for ceiling leaks to make their way to lighting fixtures where the water can seep through any unsealed openings. This can cause an electrical fire to start which you can avoid entirely. Next, shut off the water main, this will prevent more water from coming out long enough for you to repair or replace the pipes and drywall. Then, clear the room of any furniture and valuables.

At Florida Dry, we specialize in water damage restoration and can handle any ceiling leak regardless of where the source is.

Repair the Damaged Ceiling and Drywall

Once you have stopped the leak from the roof or any pipes, you can repair the damaged drywall or textured ceiling. You will want to cut out and replace any parts of the ceiling that have been soaking up water to prevent the growth of mold.

It is recommended to contact a professional water damage professional to handle any and all water damage that your home has taken on. Failure to stop a leaky ceiling can be expensive and dangerous if left unattended.