Fixing Ceiling Water Damage: What You Need to Know
Does your commercial property have an obvious ceiling leak? Maybe you see what appears to be signs of a leak, but you aren’t sure. Facing these types of situations can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know where the leak is coming from. But one thing is for sure—you can’t wait for these issues to resolve themselves. It’s essential to act quickly.
There are several dangers associated with commercial roof leaks. One of the problems is the possibility of mold and mildew. If the leak persists for an extended period without being identified and attended to, mold and mildew can wreak havoc. It’s not just unsightly—it can also present health issues, especially if you have employees with respiratory issues.
Other potential problems include electrical shorts, structural damage, and even equipment damage. Considering the issues that will face your business if there’s a ceiling leak, you must take quick and decisive action.
Continue reading to see what you need to know about fixing a ceiling leak.
Common Signs of Water Damage in Ceilings
If you see water dripping down from the ceiling to the floor in any of the areas of your commercial space, you won’t have any doubt that your ceiling has sprung a leak. But it’s not always that obvious. And it’s oftentimes difficult to know where the water is coming from.
There are some signs you should be on the lookout for if you suspect there’s a ceiling leak.
One sign that you might have a leaking pipe in the ceiling is bubbled paint. If the roofing system on your commercial facility is compromised and lets water seep in, it could work its way down to your ceiling. And when the water makes its way through the plaster, it could lead to bubbling as the paint captures the water. You’ll want to investigate further if you noticed bubbled paint. It’s also a good idea to create the sort of corporate culture where staff can report these issues to management.
Another sign of a leaking ceiling is a musty or rancid odor. If you notice that the interior environment has a mildewy scent, take notice. You should try to find the source of the smell. If you discover dampness on the ceiling, observe whether or not the foul smell is coming from that section. You’ll want this information when you call a professional to check things out.
Dampness After Weather Events
Do you notice dampness or dripping from your ceiling after certain weather events? Whether you notice this after it rains or in the spring when all the snow is gone, the dampness could be a sign that you have a leaking roof. You can get a plumber to investigate your situation further.
How to Check For Internal and External Signs of Ceiling Water Damage
It’s essential to look at both the interior and exterior for signs of a ceiling leak.
It’s a good idea to check your gutters and downspouts. Do you get them cleaned at least twice a year during the spring and fall? If not, they will eventually fill up with leaves, branches, dirt, and other debris. Clogged gutters and downspouts will lead to water settling too close to the foundation of your business. And, yes, this can cause interior problems. Check out the gutters and downspouts if you notice a leaking ceiling in your office.
You should also check the roofing system. It’s usually recommended that business owners get their roofs inspected once a year—and even more times if there are any major storms or weather systems. If the roof shingles on your commercial roof are damaged or missing, water can eventually seep down and lead to a roof leak. It’s essential to get such problems tended to as soon as possible to avoid worsening.
Check collection points as part of your internal search for ceiling leaks. If you suspect you have a leak, it’s a good idea to look at the light fixtures. Why? The light fixtures on the ceiling happen to be the lowest points on the ceiling. So, there’s a chance water will collect there if there’s a ceiling leak. But don’t stop at the light fixtures—look on other surfaces as well.
You should also mark the area where the water is pooling. If you find water pooled on the ground, place a bucket under that part of the ceiling. You can also mark the area off with chalk or painter’s tape.
People may not think of cold weather when they think of Texas, but, as we’ve seen over the past year, any weather can happen here. That’s why it’s best to prepare for cold weather plumbing problems.
I Have Ceiling Water Damage, Should I DIY Repairs or Hire a Licensed Plumber?
There are several reasons why roof inspections and repairs are best left to professionals. Trying to do it yourself or getting an unlicensed professional to do it isn’t the answer.
Do you know what to look for? Do you want to risk getting on a ladder to examine the ceiling or climbing onto the roof to investigate the roofing system? Too many people wind up in hospital emergency rooms due to falls from ladders. It’s not worth the risk.
Your best bet is to retain the services or a professional to visit your home, assess the problem, recommend a solution, and fix the problem correctly the first time around. You’ll also get a warranty for the work performed, so you’ll be able to follow up if you have any issues.
Dealing With Ceiling Water Damage? Don’t Worry, Licensed Plumbers Will Get to the Heart of the Matter
There are many potential causes of ceiling leaks. A licensed professional will figure out the cause before recommending a fix. If a broken pipe in your commercial property is causing leaks the professional will address the problem so that the problem is fixed properly.
Struggling With a Leaky Ceiling? A&G Services Is Here to Help
A&G Services offers various mechanical, plumbing, and maintenance services. You can trust our highly trained technicians to leverage their extensive knowledge and experience to fix problems or provide solutions for your business. Don’t hesitate to get in touch when you need the best in commercial plumbing Dallas.