Ceiling Water Damage

Water damage that shows up on ceilings can be more than meets the eye. Often this type of damage means there is something more serious going on and the root cause of how the damage occurred should be found and corrected immediately.

Not only is ceiling water damage ugly in appearance it can present several potential health problems through the growth of mold. Lets take a look at how you can determine what caused the water damage to the ceiling and how you can quickly resolve the situation before it becomes a major repair.


Water damage appearing on the ceiling usually means that you have either a leaky roof, leaking plumbing or high condensation running along an air conditioning or cold water line.

The most common cause for water damage to ceilings is leaky roofs which can often be hard to diagnose because it is only possible to trace the leak while it is raining.

Water damage may not show up immediately and often takes time before you will notice it on the ceiling, especially if you have heavy insulation above the ceiling that can absorb the moisture for a while before it leaks through.

What to Do

When you notice ceiling water damage you should immediately try to isolate the problem and correct it. Begin by accessing the affected area either from above or below. This may involve cutting into the ceiling or removing tiles. Because this leak may have been developing over time there is serious concern about mold and other damage that you cannot see until you look into the area above the leak.

Any signs of mold need to be taken care of immediately as this can cause serious health issues if left unabated. If you are unsure of how to deal with mold issues contact mold removal specialists to tackle the job. Mold can be very difficult to get rid of once it has started to spread. The sooner you act on this the easier it will be to stop the problem before it gets out of control.

What's the Damage?

Depending on the severity of the leak it may be necessary to remove large portions of the ceiling to repair. Water damage to the ceiling can be far more severe above the ceiling than below it. Insulation that is wet should be removed and replaced and any electrical wiring that is effected should be shut off at the breaker until the affected area is dried out and the leak fixed.

By taking swift action when you notice ceiling water damage you can reduce the severity of the problem and hopefully correct it before any major damage occurs. For your familys health do not let water damage go untreated as the spread of mold through a house can be unbelievable once its starts.

This is one repair where, if you are unsure what you should do, then we highly recommend calling a contractor immediately to help isolate and resolve the problem.

See Also:

Installing Drywall on a Ceiling
Water Flooding Dangers