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Water Stain Ceiling

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

It is not uncommon that water stains will appear on the ceiling of your home or business. In this blog we will discuss the causes and solutions to this unsightly problem.

Common Sources:

Whether is a roof, upstairs bathroom, or leaky pipe, you should be able to identify the cause of the water stains fairly easily. It’s also not uncommon for water to run along rafters or piping before dropping onto the ceiling, obfuscating the true source of the problem. Old caulking is another common source of water seepage. Piping or a shower pan that has come into disrepair is a possibility as well. Your pipe could have a leak or may just be sweating from inadequate insulation, which was discussed in another blog post. Pipes could be old and need to be replaced or hard water could be causing premature damage to pipes. If the water stain is coming from the roof you need to identify the nature of the disrepair. It may not necessarily be a leak as there are many causes when the roof is involved. Consider upgrading your insulation and not necessarily your roofing. If you choose to contact a roofing contractor, the more information you can provide for them the better.

Water Stain:

You must make sure the water or moisture problem is corrected before attempting to fix the stain or damaged drywall/plaster! If the water continues to seep or leak all of your hard work will have been for nothing.  Only when you’re positive that the problem has been solved should you proceed to fix or remove the area containing the water stain. A professional handyman can assist in this project fi you feel it’s beyond your capability. If the stain is purely cosmetic, get some stain-killing primer before repainting the area.

Deal with it:

The worst possible thing you can do is ignore the water stain! Clearly there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed before any more damage occurs. If you deal with the stain and the underlying issue promptly you avoid a more costly repair in the future.

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