What to Do if I Have a Water Stain on My Ceiling?
A water stain on your ceiling is not something to be taken lightly. Even if you can clean the stain, the water may have spread to areas you can’t see. In addition to the potential for structural damage, mold and mildew can grow in as little as 24 hours. This can degrade the air quality in your home.
Here’s what to do if you see a water spot or have water dripping from your ceiling or walls.
#1 Do Damage Control
First things first, protect the rest of your home as best as possible. Even if it’s just a bubble or spot:
- Check to see if the walls, furniture, or flooring is also wet.
- Dry affected areas as best as possible, utilizing a fan if you can.
- Move nearby furniture and electronics in case the leak escalates.
- Place a bucket underneath the area, even if it’s not dripping.
- Do a quick inspection of the rest of the room and home.
#2 Identify the Source
You might not be able to identify the source but give it a go. For example, if it’s raining there is a good chance there is a leak in your roof. Or if the leak is above the bathroom, that is likely where it is coming from. If the attic is directly above the water stain on your ceiling and is safe and easily accessible, pop up to take a peek.
If the leak seems to be caused by a leaking pipe, immediately turn the water off in your home.
#3 Call an Expert
Call in a professional for an inspection and repairs ASAP. You’ll need to call one or more of the following:
- Attic inspector
- Roofing expert
- General contractor
If the leak is severe, or more of a flood you may need a full-service water remediation expert.
Plumbers and water remediation companies are available 24/7. If after hours, attic technicians and general contractors can be scheduled the next day.
#4 Clean the Stain
The final step, which might be completed by your technician, is to clean the stain. Bleach is one of the most effective products for cleaning and deterring mold and mildew. Feel free to apply a bit while you wait for the technician to arrive—especially if they won’t be arriving until tomorrow. Ensure you properly dilute your bleach, open a window for ventilation, and apply sparingly.
In addition to cleaning, you may need to replace drywall and paint.
Why Is My Attic Leaking?
There are a variety of reasons your attic might be leaking. The first that comes to mind may be roof damage. However, your home ventilation system may be the culprit. Even a small gap in soffits, fascia, vents, or HVAC ducts can allow water in.
This water can damage your insulation, cause structural damage, and damage items stored in the attic.
Have an Attic Leak in the Greater Bay Area?
If you have identified that your attic is leaking, we invite you to schedule with Attic Pros ASAP. We are available 7 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm. We clean, decontaminate, perform HVAC repairs, and advise on additional repairs required outside of our scope of work.