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If Water Is Leaking Through Your Ceiling, Do This

If water is currently dripping from your ceiling, causing the paint to bubble, or making the drywall bulge, you’ve come to the right place. Here is what you need to do as quickly as possible to decrease the spread of water damage.

leak in ceiling

1. Start containing the water.

Grab however many waterproof containers you need and some towels to start cleaning up and containing the water dripping into your home. If the water soaks into your floor, it could warp or get mold or mildew problems.

  • Move furniture out of the way or cover it with a tarp or plastic sheets.
  • If water bounces out of the containers and onto the floor every time it drips down, line the containers with an old sweatshirt or t-shirt to absorb the water.
  • If there’s a lot of water to clean up on hard floors, you can use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner (like a Shop-Vac) to help suck it up.
  • If it’s a warm day outside, open your windows to help the water dry.

2. Provide a drainage hole for the leak.

Now that you’ve got some of the water under control, it’s time to help relieve some of the pressure the leak is creating on your ceiling.

  • Climb up to the hole on a sturdy ladder or stool. Take a bucket with you to catch draining water.
  • Use a screwdriver, pen, or other narrow, pointy object to poke a hole in the center of the wet spot or the center of wherever the drywall bulging on your ceiling. Use the bucket to catch any water that drains out.

By giving the leak a place to drain, you’ll decrease how far the water damage will spread. You’ll also reduce the weight and strain the leak is putting on your ceiling.

3. Call an expert.

If it’s raining outside, you most likely have a roof look. In any other instance, there’s probably a leak in your plumbing. The water could be coming from one of a few places:

  • A leaky plumbing fixture. If an upstairs faucet or other fixture is not installed or put back together correctly after a repair, it can start leaking inside your walls and down through the ceiling.
  • An aging or dislodged water supply pipe. Water supply pipes corrode as they get older, which makes them more susceptible to leaks. Also, if your home’s water pressure is too high, the excessive force may have dislodged or loosened one of your pipes at a joint or connection.
  • An overwhelmed drain pipe: In some instances, a clog can cause a drain to build up so much pressure that a leak will form. This is one reason why it’s important to get your drain pipes cleaned if you hear gurgling in your plumbing or notice water taking a long time to disappear down the sink or shower drain.

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Reach out to our Nashville plumbers for any emergency plumbing repairs that you need: (615) 645-2322.

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