How to deal with water damage on the ceiling

Water Damage from Leaking Roof October 12-13, 2014 in Entry Hallway Ceiling

The problem with a leaky roof is that it may immediately cause water damage. (Photo Credits)

A leaky roof can be very problematic. It can be a safety hazard as it can cause slips, it is definitely an expense, and more importantly, it can cause water damage.

Home improvement website The Family Handyman has published a leaky roof 101 type of article in its website that helps homeowners understand and deal with roof leaks. Read more here 

“If you have a leaky roof, you’d better fix it immediately, even if it doesn’t bother you much or you’re getting a new roof next year. Even over a short time, small leaks can lead to big problems, such as mold, rotted framing and sheathing, destroyed insulation and damaged ceilings. The flashing leak that caused an expensive repair bill was obvious from the ceiling stains for over two years. If the homeowner had dealt with it right away, the damage and subsequent repairs would have been minimal.”

Read their write-up here.

Dangers of a leaky roof

Third Party service ratings website Angie’s list came up with a list of the possible dangers of a leaky roof and its consequences.

“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.”

Check out the other dangers mentioned in the post here.  

Handling roof leaks

The Seattle Times also published a news feature on dealing with roof problems. In the write-up they mentioned about ways to slow the leak until there is time for repair or replacement. They however emphasized that no matter what, leaks should be dealt with immediately.

“To get the leak inside the home under control, look for the “bulge” in the ceiling or where the most water has pooled. Position a bucket under the bulge, then punch a hole in the middle of it. Giving the water an escape route will minimize leak management to one or two locations but initially will quickly release gallons of trapped water. So, be prepared.”

The rest of the tips to slow the leaks can be found here.

Dealing with roof leaks as quickly as possible should be the response of any homeowner experiencing a leaky roof problem.