Ceiling stains and bulging drywall is far more than an eyesore. These deformities may reveal a serious plumbing problem lurking behind the surface. It’s possible a leak may not immediately manifest itself by consistently dripping water, but this doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t require immediate attention. If you notice drywall bubbles, ceiling stains, musty odors, damp floors or dripping water, don’t ignore it. These signs suggest problems like a burst pipe or damaged plumbing fixture.
Ceiling leaks are a serious concern because once a leak is present, the potential damage escalates quickly. The home’s plumbing system, drywall and even its foundation are all susceptible to damage if an active leak is ignored. Mold growth is a serious concern with ceiling leaks as well. This is why homeowners must address leaks immediately even if you can’t pinpoint the exact source of the problem. Calling a professional plumbing company to locate, inspect and repair the leak is always recommended.
Homeowners can attempt to locate the source of the leak and set-up temporary solutions while waiting for a plumber to arrive. Finding the exact location is the trickiest step in troubleshooting a ceiling leak. With an active leak, the water will travel to the lowest point in the ceiling before pooling and eventually dripping. Where water drips from the ceiling doesn’t necessarily indicate the location of the leak, so start by setting up a temporary solution for the dripping water. Make sure to thoroughly dry the area, and assemble collection buckets or drip pans. Provide as much circulation as possible using ceiling or portable fans, and by opening windows. It’s recommended to leave the rest of the repair work to a professional who can properly locate and fix the problem.
Your home’s plumbing is a powerful and efficient system. When properly maintained and regularly inspected, there should be few problems that arise unexpectedly. Carroll Plumbing & Heating Inc. recommends preventative plumbing maintenance and inspections be performed yearly to prevent future problems. However, in the unfortunate circumstance you find yourself with an active leak, our team will respond quickly and provide honest, high quality repairs. Because we understand emergency situations affect the safety and comfort of your family, we offer 24 hour service to fix any plumbing issue you may have. To schedule an appointment for a plumbing repair, maintenance or inspection, contact Carroll Plumbing & Heating today.