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Water Damage And Your Ceiling
Ceiling water damage is usually the result of water damage originating from upper floors, or from leaks in the roof and attic. It is usually characterized by discoloration as well as swelling and cracking. This sort of damage may also have an effect on electrical wiring and HVAC systems which can spell additional trouble.
As with any sort of water damage, it is important to first locate the source of the problem. Only by shutting off the flow of water into the home can you mitigate the damage and make sure that there are no subsequent problems. Once the water problem is addressed, it becomes possible to clean up the mess that was left behind, as well as any cosmetic repairs that need to be performed.
As we mentioned, the two most common causes of ceiling water damage are leaky roofs and busted water pipes. There may be other causes, such as overflowing toilets, sinks, or tubs left unattended. In many cases, you can probably locate the source of the problem yourself. If you can’t don’t wait; call an experienced water damage professional right away.
In some cases, ceilings may swell and sag under the weight of the water bearing down on it from above. If you see this, stay out of the room affected. The ceiling could give way without warning, dumping hundreds of gallons of water into the lower floors. A person standing in the wrong place could be seriously hurt.
You also want to shut off all utilities servicing the area, since water and electricity do not mix and the risk of injury from electrical shock is considerable. Shut the power off at the source and only allow it to be turned back on by a qualified electrician after all repairs have been made and the property has passed all relevant inspections.
All area affected by water will need to be treated. Ceiling materials may have to be replaced, and drywall may be affected as the water leaks down to lower levels, drawn there of course, by gravity. If the problem was a sudden one, such as a burst pipe, then the issue may be restored in short order. If it is a problem that has been incubating for some time before being discovered, then you may find yourself dealing with long term issues such as mold. Mold remediation professionals are recommended in cases such as this due in large part to the nature of mold and the health hazards that it presents.
The steps taken to repair a water damaged ceiling depend on the materials that comprise the ceiling, as well as the level and severity of the damage. A water damage professional will be able to oversee and execute all aspects of your particular repair and restoration project.