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Water Leaking From Ceiling: Signs, Causes And Who To Call

Water Leaking From Ceiling: Signs, Causes And Who To Call

Ever had a ceiling leaking water? If so, you’ll know how disastrous it can be. If not, you’ll do extremely well to avoid it. But if this kind of water leak should happen to you, you could save yourself a lot of damage, expense and inconvenience by understanding the causes, signs and repair methods.

Here’s everything you need to know about water leaking through the ceiling, including who to call when you can’t fix the problem yourself.

What causes leaks in ceilings?

One of the most common causes of ceiling leaks stems from plumbing. Water from inside your pipes can leak due to rusty or worn material. And, in adverse temperatures, pipes can ‘sweat’ or even burst, causing water to escape.

Your leaky ceiling may even be down to a roof leak. Damaged shingles or tiles can create avenues for water to seep through. Blocked gutters can wreak havoc too. Additionally, faulty appliances like washing machines or dishwashers can leak, potentially seeping onto a ceiling surface below.

What are the signs of ceiling water leaks?

Knowing the causes can be really useful when you come to fix the leak. But first you have to spot it beyond the obvious indicator of water dripping. Many people identify peeling paint or cracked plaster on their ceiling, unsure as to how and why it occurred. These are typical signs of water leaks where the ceiling has been wet over time.

Other warning signs include water stains and sagging ceilings from water accumulation. Unlike peeling paint, stains are more likely due to inconsistent leaks and can appear as yellow or brownish spots or rings.

How to detect a ceiling leaking water

If you’ve found signs of water damage or detect a ceiling leak, it’s time to locate the source. A basic check of any raised water-based appliances is a good place to start, particularly when they are running. You could also try spraying a hose on your roof to identify any damaged parts.

Failing that, your problem may be pipe-based, in which case you should call a plumber.

How to fix a leak in the ceiling

After finding the source of the leak, start by making sure all water supply lines are off. For appliances, check all connections are properly sealed. For the roof, replace or repair any damaged tiles and shingles if you are trained to do so, otherwise employ a roofer. And for plumbing, employ the help of an expert to prevent causing further damage.

Fixing leaky ceiling damage involves a number of steps, including drying out the area with fans and dehumidifiers. This is usually followed by plaster work and potential structural repairs to mend any damage to the ceiling.

Often, DIY restoration is time-consuming, difficult and ineffective in returning the damaged area to its previous condition. For the best results, always call a restoration expert.

Who to call for ceiling water leaks? Rainbow International’s restoration experts!

Rainbow International has over 25 years’ experience in ceiling water leak detection. With a nationwide network of branches, our technical experience and knowledge is accessible and effective. Not to mention, we’re the go-to experts for many of the UK’s major insurance companies.

Our specialists use only the correct drying treatments to prevent any further damage. We’ll then get to work on repairing the ceiling and restoring it to its pre-incident condition in an efficient manner, causing minimal downtime to your property. Find out more about how we can fix up your space.

Ceiling Leaking Water: Frequently asked questions

Is a leaking ceiling an emergency?

Where water is dripping or pouring through the ceiling, this would be classed as an emergency case. The same applies when structural degradation and hygiene hazards culminate.

How much does it cost to fix a leaking ceiling?

In most cases, this is covered by insurance. Otherwise, the cost depends on the cause of the leak, the amount of ceiling water damage, and the materials involved. It could fall in the region of £500-£1,500.

Can a wet ceiling collapse?

Yes, when the accumulation of water reaches a level that outweighs the strength of the ceiling material.

Will wet ceilings dry out?

Depending on the level of moisture, wet ceilings may require specialist equipment to dry out, such as industrial fans and/or dehumidifiers.

Published: 04 Feb 2022