How to Detect a Leak in Your Ceiling

The home is a place of safety and protection. It’s where we run to when we’ve got nowhere else to go and if no one else is ready to help us. But the home is only a structure if you look at it plainly, and even if it does provide safety to use, it doesn’t mean that it’s indestructible, especially if you don’t care for it well enough. But sometimes, no matter how much you care for your home, it can still get damaged. This is inevitable if your home has already been standing for many years. One of the most common problems that homeowners experience with their houses is a leak.

Leaks and Their Risks

Leaks can come from so many different places in the home, but the most common location where leaks are found is on the ceiling. Ceiling leaks are very undesirable in the home because they can create a lot of problems. If the ceiling where the leak is located is inside the living room, your guests might get dripped on by the leaking water and this can make them feel uncomfortable in your home. You will also feel humiliated because it seems as though you’re not tending to the needs of your household. If the leak is in a hallway and there are kids in the home, they might slip on the wet floor when they run about. If the floor is made of wood or marble, continuous leakage can cause damage to these materials and destroy the aesthetic appeal of the floor. That’s why it’s important that at the first sign of a leak, make sure to find it immediately.

How to Detect a Leak in the Ceiling

  1. Before anything else, you have to first find the area where the leak is going to. Sometimes, seeping water may not drip down straight, but travel through the ceiling instead. They can drip through the walls, causing your wallpaper to peel off. This doesn’t mean that the leak is directly on the corner of the ceiling, so you need to be very observant and keen in looking for the signs.
  2. Get a ladder and trace back where the leak is coming from straight from the edge of the wall where it rips the wallpaper. If the leak is dripping straight from the ceiling, this will be a much easier task.
  3. Go into the ceiling and look for the location of the leak. You can ask someone to help you by standing right below the location of the leak and shouting out to you if you’re standing in the same spot.
  4. Once you’ve detected the leak, make sure you mark it with something like a tape, marker, or a rug that will block the water from continuous dripping.
  5. For a more advanced method of leak detection, you can use thermal imaging, although you would have to hire an expert and spend more for this service.

How to Fix a Leak in the Ceiling

  1. Start off by removing the spot on the ceiling that has already been severely damaged by water. You can trim off the part of the ceiling by cutting it using a saw.
  2. Dry the rest of the less damaged area using a fan or a hair dryer if the area is only small. Make sure that you don’t let any other form of moisture or water to build up in that area anymore by also detecting the location of the leak on the roof. The same steps apply with that of detecting a leak in the ceiling, although you might want to wait for it to rain to be able to detect it properly.
  3. Once dried, you can now restore your ceiling by applying a new layer of the same material and treating it with the right solutions.