Imagine a dark stain on your ceiling, dripping water onto your furniture and the floor of your home. It is a hassle but is something we should resolve immediately because it can lead to more serious problems later on.
When you notice a ceiling leak, the first thing you should do is find out its source. Some leaks are not as easily detectable, as the source of the leak could be located in an inaccessible location. So, you should call in a professional to investigate the ceiling leakage and get help to resolve it.
Why Do Ceilings Leak
There are two common reasons why your ceilings leak. It could either be plumbing issues or a leaking shower. In rarer instances, the leak could be caused by roof damage or poor attic insulation.
Your plumbing system may have issues when you have holes or gaps in your roof that causes it to leak through to your ceiling. But if the leaks come from the upper floor leaking to the lower levels, then chances are that the leaks are coming from the upper-level room like the bathroom instead. It depends on where the most logical place the leaks could originate from.
What Do You Do Once Your Ceiling Leaks
Whether it is your sofa, bed, dining table or even your carpet, the best course of action is to remove any items under the ceiling leaks. A couple of droplets might not sound like a lot, but over a few hours, your furniture will be drenched.
Protect Your Furniture
Some furniture is heavy and might be too difficult for you to move. So, instead of moving it, simply cover the furniture with a large plastic sheet.
This is a temporary solution to mitigate and prevent your furniture from getting damaged, but you should still focus on repairing the leak from your ceiling.
Catch The Water
If you move your furniture out of the way, your flooring will take the brunt of the dripping water. To avoid potential floor tile damage, place a large bucket under the ceiling leaks to collect the water and dispose of the water once the bucket is full. For extra protection, place a rag underneath the bucket to catch stray droplets that may splash out of the bucket.
Repair The Ceiling
Once you have controlled the water from the leak, attempt to find the source of the leak to cut it off at the source. You can try to use caulk or sealant to repair small gaps or holes. But if the holes are too big, it is advisable to call in a professional plumber who will be able to properly stop the leak and seal off the affected area so the leak will not occur again.