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Water stain on the ceiling? Why not to delay getting it fixed.

1/23/2024 (Permalink)

Have you noticed water stains on your ceiling? This is a common occurrence in residential homes that should not be ignored. Instead, we recommend you take the necessary steps to rectify this urgent matter.

If you see water stain(s) on your ceiling, you should contact SERVPRO promptly.

Water stains can mean:

  • Problem with roof
  • Poor insulation
  • Leaky pipe(s)
  • Leaky Caulking

Whatever is above your ceiling is typically the source of the moisture issue. Is your property’s roof or a bathroom above the water stain? That may be the cause of the problem. Or there may be multiple underlying issues that have yet to be discovered and dealt with. 

Water seepage from old caulking or piping in disrepair are other common sources of water stains. It’s very important that damaged or old pipes are replaced to avoid leaking and causing further damage to the interior of your property

After a snowstorm or a major weather event,  water stains can show up on your ceiling. For example, rain can seep into your home via the gutter. This would show us that you have a roofing issue.

However, if an ice dam forms on your roof and water is able to make its way in, it’s a good indicator that there needs to be an improvement on the insulation.

On occasion, a professional may need to remove a portion of the ceiling, and possibly the wall, to indicate what the issue is and fix the problem. 

Dealing with the stain in a timely manner is key. Applying a quick coat of paint over the stain can make a temporary, cosmetic difference, but oftentimes, the stain will bleed right through the new paint.

Instead, call a professional to ensure the source of the water is correctly identified and handled properly. Ignoring the issue can lead to expensive repairs. It’s much better to catch the problem sooner rather than later leading to having to have sections of your ceiling torn down and replaced.

Call us, SERVPRO to have water stains in your home or office checked out. We are the area’s water damage experts and are always “Faster to any size disaster.”

Call us with any needs or questions at 217-355-0077

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