Ceiling problems

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Ceiling issues can mean a water damage problem. (Photo Credits)

Problems in the ceiling like discoloration or leaks can signify a water damage problem. The issue though could be bigger because it would mean having to repair the water damage, and then the roofing so that the water damage will not recur.

Home improvement website DoItYourself.com has shared information on what to watch out for in the roofing that could be indicative of an ongoing water damage.

Make sure to check the exterior of the house as well. Check the roof for damaged flashing and missing, cracked, or curled shingles. If you see standing water anywhere outside the home, it could be the sign of a problem. A puddle could be due to poor drainage in the yard, leaky rain gutters, or gutter spouts that don’t take water far enough from the house.”

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Water Spots

The website Popular Mechanics has meanwhile shared possible issues brought about by water spots in the ceiling. According to the write-up, one of the most common reasons for a water spot is a leak.

“What can make a leak especially difficult to locate is the fact that water doesn’t necessarily drip straight down. It can travel along roof panels or lumber in the attic before dripping onto your insulation and leaving the telltale yellow water spot on your ceiling. That means the leak can be far away from where the ceiling shows damage. Unless you have good detective skills when it comes to roof leaks, you’ll want to enlist a roofing contractor to help track down the cause of the problem. Crowe points out that water spots on the ceiling don’t automatically mean the roof is leaking.”

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Water Damage and Ceiling

Third-party Service Ratings Website Angie’s List says that issues with the roof or the ceiling can very well escalate into problematic home concerns that could be inconvenient, threaten health and wellness, and could also mean expensive repairs. Check over here             

“In the longer term, one of the most serious consequences of a leaking roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold can spread throughout the home’s structure, to the HVAC system and then to the rest of the house through the vents where it can invade carpets, furniture and even clothing. Black mold is the most common type resulting from chronic water intrusion. Toxic black mold growth is rare, but even non-toxic black mold attacks wood framing, ceiling tiles, and wall and floor coverings. Mold is difficult to get rid of, and it is rather costly.”

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A leaky roof should be addressed at once to avoid water damage issues.