No one wants to find water dripping from their ceiling. Not only is it annoying to try to figure out why it’s happening, but it can also be worrying to know it will cause more problems the longer it goes unfixed. Life is full of surprises, but with this guide on what to do when you have a leaky ceiling, we hope that this will be one surprise you’ll be better prepared for.
A leaky ceiling could cause damage to the belongings in your home, so first things first: clear the area. Make sure the water isn’t causing damage to any furniture, clothes, electronics, or other valuables. To protect your floors, lay a tarp on them. This way the water doesn’t seep into the wood or carpet and cause further damage.
Next, you’ll want to contain the leak. Place a bucket or empty garbage can under the leak to catch the dripping water. This will stop any water from getting onto the floor as well as provide you with an idea of how much water is coming out. This will also help you notice if the water is leaking continuously or only at certain times, like when a faucet or shower is turned on.
Figure out Source of Leak
Figuring out the cause of the leak means the plumber can come and fix it as quickly as possible. Here are a few common causes of leaky ceilings:
- Shower Leak: A shower leak can be difficult to detect at first since all the plumbing is inside a wall and surrounded by tile. Eventually, though, it will make itself known. Besides a leak in the ceiling, you may also notice the tiles and flooring peeling or curling up near the shower. Holes in the water supply line may be the culprit for the leak in this case.
- Sink Leak: These can not only damage your ceiling but your cabinets doors as well. Your sink leak may be coming from the supply hose, loose P-trap connectors, or a loose or damaged strainer.
- Toilet Leak: A toilet leak may be caused by the water, supply tank, or, even worse, a worn wax ring. Water seeps through the wax ring when you flush and can start to run behind the walls and cause water damage to your ceiling.
- Roof Leak: A roof leak may very well be the reason your ceiling is leaking. While a plumber isn’t quite the right person to fix this, it’s good to be aware of the reasons why your roof might be causing this problem. The most common reasons include missing or damaged shingles, gutter problems, or a hole.
Don’t Delay – Call a Plumber
Once you find the source of the leak, call and get it fixed. A leaky ceiling never fixes itself or gets better on its own. Even if the leak isn’t so bad, get it fixed now.
The reality is, if you’re noticing the leak now, it’s already done quite a bit of damage in your home. That’s the bad news. The good news is a plumber will help fix the leak, saving you and your home from more damage.
Let City Plumbing Services Help
Leaky ceilings are serious problems that need quick and reliable plumbers to fix them. With City Plumbing Services, our licensed and insured plumbers will waste no time fixing the leak and saving your home. Call us for reliable and professional plumbing services you can trust. We’re located in Cave Creek, but are ready to help those in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, and most of the East Valley of Arizona.