Water dripping through your ceiling is causing a lot of damage, which can be costly if the leaking isn’t stopped. The first thing that you have to do is to figure out what’s causing the leak. And, it might take the services of a professional if you’re not sure of the water’s source. Here are five possible things that can cause a leak in your ceiling.
Is it My Pipes?
That’s sometimes a possibility. It depends on where the leak is. The plumbing pipes in your home are typically centrally located and will run vertically through walls. They don’t usually run across ceiling areas, except in basements. Over time, those pipes can corrode and rust, causing cracks, leading to leaks.
You could possibly have a plumbing issue if you see a leak where the wall meets the ceiling and might be near a water pipe, or if you are seeing leaks in areas under bathrooms or other rooms where there are water lines. If you think that the source of the leak is the plumbing, you’ll want to get a certified plumber involved as soon as possible.
Is it My Roof?
It’s also possible that you have a leak in your roof somewhere. Your roof takes a lot of abuse from the elements and is built to last for many years. But, at some point, whether through normal wear and tear or damage, it’s integrity can be compromised, causing it to leak.
Visible signs outside of your home (fungus growing on the roof, pieces of shingles in or near your gutter), and inside of your home (a leak in your ceiling) can indicate that there is a problem with your roofing. And, if you are noticing a leak that is stronger when it’s raining, odds are pretty good that it’s your roof.
Your best bet is to find a good roofing contractor who can do a thorough inspection. Many times, if the problem is found soon enough, it will be a simple repair. Unfortunately, if the damage is too severe and you wait too long, it could mean replacing your entire roof.
If you find yourself needing a new roof, talk to your contractor about the benefits of GAF certified roofing shingles. They warranty their materials for as long as 50 years plus warranty the installation for life if the work is done by a certified installer.
Are My Gutters the Problem?
Your gutters perform a very simple, but extremely important task. They direct all of the water that gets deposited onto your rooftop away from your home, keeping your roof and your home’s foundation safe from water damage. All you have to do is make sure that the gutters and the downspouts are clean so that the water will flow smoothly.
If your gutter gets clogged, and it gets bad enough that the water won’t flow, you have a couple of different problems. All of that weight sitting in the gutter can actually cause it to fall. And, as the water backs up, it will create dams, pushing the water back and under the shingles, causing water to leak inside of your home.
It’s a good idea to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, such as in the early spring and during fall. If you notice water running over the sides of your gutters, and you have an inside leak, you’ll definitely want to have them cleaned, followed by a thorough roof inspection to take care of any damage.
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There Could Be an Issue With Your Bathroom Fixtures
There are a few different things in your bathroom, other than the pipes, that can leak, causing a slow stream that will produce a leak on the ceiling below it.
Sinks and bathtubs:
Porcelain sinks and bathtubs can crack, sometimes so thinly that they may not be noticed for a while. The underside of the sink will slowly start to catch water when the sink in used, and it will travel in a natural path downwards toward the floor, where it will settle until it breaks through. This is often under a vanity, where the leak might not be noticed for quite some time.
The floors of walk-in showers can leak from a couple of areas. The base can crack over time, causing the same damage as a leaky sink or bathtub. There’s also a watertight seal located under the shower base that can be compromised allowing water to leak.
There are a couple of different places where your toilet can leak. At the base, where it sits on the floor, is a wax ring that forms a watertight bond. At some point, it will need to be replaced. You would see water pooling at the base if it’s leaking. Toilets also aren’t made to be recliners. Leaning on the back of the toilet can cause unnecessary stress, resulting in cracks where water can leak.
A plumber will be able to quickly let you know if there is a problem with your bathroom fixtures.
Is the Leak Under Your Laundry Room?
Your laundry room not only has pipes running to it, but it also has other sources for leaks. If your laundry room is located upstairs or above the room where the leak is, it could be your washing machine or the utility sink. It would take a quick visual inspection to see if there is any water pooling on the floor causing a leak in the ceiling below it. There are also some other things that could cause leaks in your ceiling. You’re basically looking for anything where a source of water is connected.
If you have a leak, the most important thing is to have it addressed quickly. It might not be a fun process, but fixing the issue promptly will make things a lot easier than if you wait. If you find one of these issues, call a professional who can help you fix the problems in order to prevent any further damage.
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