Ceiling Water Damage Can Lead To Serious Issues
If you start to notice discoloration on your ceiling, you should find out what is causing the problem and fix it immediately. Ceiling discoloration is frequently a sign of ceiling water damage, and it often indicates a major problem that is just now showing itself.
Why It's A Bad Idea to Ignore Water Damage
It's important to find out the source of water damage to your ceiling for two reasons. The first is that water damage is often from a leak, and leaks will nearly always get worse if they're not repaired. While the leak is getting worse, increasing amounts of damage are being done to your home.
Additionally, when you ignore water damage to your ceiling, it gives water more time to do damage directly to your ceiling. In addition to the fact that water marks on your ceiling will grow larger, the integrity of the materials in your ceiling will be reduced. Further, water can also allow for the growth of mold and mildew, both of which are very difficult to get rid of and can be very bad for the health of members of your household.
Common Causes of Water Damage to a Ceiling
It's very important that you resolve the issue that's causing your ceiling to be discolored by water. If you simply attempt to paint over the water spots, it will only allow the problem to get worse. Once the cause of water damage has been resolved, you can deal with the issue of restoration.
Causes of water damage to a ceiling are related to leaks, but where the leaks are coming from can vary. Water stains are normally a rusty or brown color, and they show up under existing or previous leaks. Leaks may come from toilets leaking or a bathtub overflowing on an upper floor. Additionally, pipes that run between floors may leak and cause water stains. If a ceiling is under your roof, a leak in the roof may be the cause of water damage.
In some cases, a ceiling may start to sag or bubble, which means that there's an accumulation of water or moisture in the wood or drywall. Another sign of water damage is sweating, which is when discoloration that is just a bit darker than the color of the ceiling starts to appear. Sweating is often associated with a problem with a heating and cooling system.
How To Prevent or Reduce Ceiling Water Damage
Maintaining your roof, HVAC system and plumbing can go a long way to ensuring that leaks that could lead to water damage in your ceiling never take place. However, you can't prevent every leak, and inclement weather can easily damage a roof and cause a leak to form. At the first sign of discoloration in your ceiling, you should call in plumbers, roofers or an HVAC repair service to resolve the source of the leak.
After that, it can be a good idea to contact professionals that handle restoration services. In addition to getting your ceiling back to looking the way it's supposed to, these professionals can verify that all damage is taken care of and that mold and mildew aren't going to be a problem in the future.
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