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Understanding Ceiling Water Damage

What exactly is ceiling water damage and what are the usual causes of this problem? Is there a way for you to prevent this? What should you do when you discover that your home is suffering from ceiling water damage?

Ceiling water damage is, as the name implies, damage caused by water to your ceiling. The damage can manifest in many different ways, with the more common signs of this problem including the following:

  • Stains and discoloration on the ceiling – one of the most common signs of ceiling water damage is the discoloration of your ceiling. If you see dark spots or yellowish “maps” on your ceiling, you may have a leak that is causing this. As opposed to a gaping hole on your roof, a crack or a leak slowly drips water into your home and onto your ceiling, causing these stains to appear. These stains are caused by water pooling and seeping into your ceiling boards.
  • Cracking and peeling paint or wallpaper – if you notice wallpaper on walls near your ceiling starting to fall away or paint on your walls or ceiling cracking and peeling, you may have a leak on your roof causing ceiling water damage. The adhesive that holds wallpaper to your walls can be affected by water and will cause these to pull away. Paint, on the other hand, may bubble due to the presence of water and may peel or crack because of this.
  • Strong musty or foul odor from the ceiling – if you begin to smell weird odors coming from your ceiling, you might have a leak causing ceiling water damage. If these odors come with black, yellow, or green spots, you might already have mold growth in your ceiling. If there are no spots but you still have a strong weird smell coming from the ceiling, this can indicate mildew. Both grow due to the presence of moisture, and this means that there is moisture in your ceiling.

Common Causes of Ceiling Water Damage

Aside from a hole in your roof, there are other possible reasons why you have ceiling water damage. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Leaking pipes running through your ceiling– if you have plumbing running in your ceiling, which is often the case for homes that have a second story, the damage may be caused by a leaking pipe.
  • Excess moisture – if your home is damp, or if there is excess moisture in the room from faucets, humidifiers, and water features, ceiling water damage can occur.
  • Improper insulation – if you live in an area that is prone to humidity and your home is not properly insulated, moisture can enter your home and manifest as ceiling water damage.

When you notice this happening in your home, you need to address the problem immediately before it worsens. You will need to contact a restoration company to help you repair the damage. You also need to get to the bottom of the problem to properly remedy it.

In the Greater Indianapolis area, the company to contact for help is MW Remediation. We specialize in all types of water damage restoration, and that includes ceiling water damage. We also handle some of the issues associated with this problem such as mold and mildew growth and broken or leaking pipes. Don’t hesitate to call us for help by contacting us at 317-548-0107.