What to Do if There’s a Water Leak in Your Ceiling

A leak can be a very stressful thing to encounter and you’ll want to get it sorted straight away. When you come across a water leak, you’ll want to take the right steps to ensure minimum damage to your home. In this blog, we look at what you need to do if there is a water leak in your ceiling.

Identify where the leak is coming from

The very first step when you have a water leak is to establish where it’s coming from. You will likely already know it’s in your ceiling if it’s dropping from overhead, but it will help if you can identify the exact source of the leak. This will make it easier for you to investigate the problem in more detail, limit the short-term damage and give all the relevant information to the roofer or plumber who comes to fix the problem.

Identify the problem – plumbing system or roof?

Once you have identified where the leak is coming from, you will be able to get an understanding of the source of the problem. The two common causes of ceiling leaks are problems with roof drainage or structure and problems with your home’s plumbing system. Whichever of these is causing the leak will determine the type of solution you need. If it’s a plumbing problem, you need a plumber and if it’s a roofing problem, you need a professional roofer.

Minimise further damage in the short term

However, before we get to the long-term solution of consulting a professional, it’s important to minimise the damage to your home as quickly as you can. 

Firstly, you want something to collect the water in so that it doesn’t soak into your floor and cause further problems. A bucket is usually the best for this. If the water is causing your ceiling to swell, it can also be a good idea to create a very small hole where the leak is and allow the water that has pooled there to drain into a bucket.

Consult the relevant professional

In a previous step, you will have identified whether you need a plumber or roofer to deal with your leak problem. Now you will need to contact the relevant professional so they can source the cause of the leak and fix your problem. 

When a leak is the result of roofing problems, it’s important to seek the help of a fully-qualified and professional roofing company. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action to prevent more damage from being caused to your home through roof leaks.

Leaks can become serious quickly, so it’s important to get the help that you need. If you are dealing with an emergency situation such as a serious leak, you will be able to get help in your home even during restricted times like these. It could just be a simple repair that is needed, but the longer you leave it, the worse it will get.
If you currently have a leak in your ceiling caused by roofing issues and are worried about the damage this will cause to your home, please get in touch with us and we will outline your options.

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