Signs A Ceiling Needs Water Damage Restoration

Have you noticed ceiling water damage in your home or business? Are you unsure of how water damage restoration can fix the problem?  Here’s what you need to know about ceiling damage.

What Causes Ceiling Water Damage?

Water damage is the response, not the cause, so it’s important to figure out the source of the problem so you can proceed with the solution. Here are the most likely sources of water damage.

  • Leaking Or Busted Pipes

If you have a two-story home, it’s possible to have pipes running through the upper flooring and ceiling. It’s also possible to have plumbing pipes where you least expect it.

  • Roof Leaks

It’s not unusual to experience a roof leak when flashing gets damaged or when a hole gets pierced in it. When roof leaks occur, you may see water stains on ceilings and flooring.

  • Moisture

If your home is naturally damp, it is possible to experience moisture throughout the house where it is dark and damp, including water-routed appliances, sinks, and faucet locations. Continued moisture can stain the ceiling and lead to prolonged structural damages.

  • Insulation

If your home is not properly insulated and is prone to high humidity levels, moisture can cause water damage, including to a home’s walls, ceilings, and structural components.

  • Structural Issues

If you notice cracks in the ceiling, it’s a sign of unnatural structural settling or from a weakened wall stud. Dipping or bowing are signs that the walls may not be able to hold the weight of the ceiling. Having an inspection will identify the cause and the solution.

  • An Aging Home

Hairline ceiling cracks can also be a sign of an aging home. While it does not pose a hazard to home occupants, it is an aesthetic issue that can easily be corrected with repairs. You should be aware that as the ceiling cracks grow larger, it will become a problem.

Ceiling damage can occur in several different ways. Common signs of ceiling damage include:

  • Discoloration & Stains

One of the easiest tell-tale signs of ceiling damage is discoloration and stains. If they appear dark and wet, there may be an on-going or newly formed water leak from a pipe or the roof. If a stain appears dry, the building material may be in a state of rot and decay. It’s important to report any ceiling stains for proper water damage restoration.

  • Peeling & Cracking Paint

Another sign of ceiling damage is peeling and cracking paint. If you have wallpaper, you may notice it begin to sag and peel as the water damage proceeds. Paint also begins to collect the water in a bubble that eventually bursts and forms peeling and cracking lines. It’s imperative to call for service early on to reduce the risk of extensive water damage.

  • Musty Odors

If there are no obvious signs of water damage, a musty odor can also tell you there is a problem because of mold formation. If you see green, black, or yellow spots, you likely have mold growth in the ceiling. This will require additional mold remediation services.

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