Ceiling water leaks can quickly wreak havoc on your home, causing damage to walls, floors, and all your family’s possessions. Let’s discuss the common causes of water leaks from ceilings, the potential risks associated with them, and how Pro Plumber San Diego’s expert team can help locate and repair these issues promptly.
Causes of Ceiling Water Leaks
Roof Leaks & Cracks in Ceilings: First thought of most when it comes to ceiling water leaks is an image of a crack in a roof with dripping water falling through the attic. A damaged or aging roof can lead to water penetrating the home envelope causing a ceiling water leak to burst through rapidly or slowing depending on the rain volume and the size of the roof leak. A cracked ceiling can also be the root cause of leaks from neighboring apartments or other rooms of the home.
Blocked Rain Gutters: Blocked rain gutters can rapidly cause unwanted rainwater to build up and can even cause water to get in the home if windows are left open.
Broken Pipes or Damaged Pipes: The number one reason to call an emergency plumber is for burst pipes in your ceiling or above your apartment unit. If a pipe burst happens over all your family’s possessions, acting fast is essential! Ceilings are not capable of holding the water associated with a pipe bursting, so acting fast to turn off the water to your home is first priority. If you need this burst pipe repaired, call us!
Faulty Plumbing Fixtures: Sometimes, a broken fixture can be worse than a burst pipe! Upstairs bathrooms are notorious for broken toilets flooding the downstairs, or the classic idea of running a bath while beginning dinner. Flooding from above is always best stopped by first shutting off the water at the main water shut off valve. Running upstairs can be dangerous. For larger floods, our partner Orange Restoration can help with this water mitigation that will be needed prior to fixing your broken plumbing fixtures.
Condensation & HVAC Issues: Often HVAC systems are found upstairs, making them more likely to create a ceiling water leak. HVAC systems can create condensation, and condensation can build up, this causes ceiling water leaks to form.
Potential Risks Associated with Ceiling Water Leaks
When water comes from above, all people, possessions and structures below are at risk. Ceiling water leaks can mean a lot of dangers such as electrical shock, but also permanent damages to the home.
Structural Damage: Because water from above has gravity on its side, this weight factor makes it more damaging to homes. Exposure to water also weakens the structural integrity of the home with time.
Mold and Mildew Growth: Mold thrives in moist places, so weather from condensation formation or from remnant moisture from your past water damage. The more mold gets ignored, the more it gets worse for your health. Some homes are needing to get medically sound mold remediation. Deep mold penetration in your home may cause health issues such as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome caused by Water Damaged Building (CIRS-WDB), which requires an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) involved and may cost tens of thousands of dollars to meet their testing protocol.
Electrical Hazards: Water leaks near electrical systems are a serious risk and should be addressed immediately. Priority should be shutting off the water at the main shut off valve and power at the breaker box. However, do not shut off power if you need to do so while your feet are wet or submerged in water. For your safety, call the utility company and ask that they turn off the power at the meter. If the flood is upstairs, do not run upstairs, turn the water off first.
Pro Plumber Solutions for Locating and Repairing Ceiling Water Leaks
Our team is specialized in our plumbing and leak detection technology. We are swift to find leak problems and detect ceiling water leaks and the source.
Thermal Imaging: Our team uses thermal imaging technology to pinpoint water leaks even behind walls. Leaks can even be above our heads with burst pipes from above that can contribute to a ceiling water leak or spill into a wall conduit and escape into the crawlspace. The key benefit of the thermal imaging is that the demolition team won’t need to break down extra walls to access the problem.
Non-Invasive Inspection Methods: The last thing we want to do is inconvenience your family, so we work to use non-invasive inspection methods. We use techniques such as the thermal imaging mentioned, but also sound tech such as listening discs, and ground microphones to listen for leaking in walls, within concrete, or underground. Using these sound technologies we can detect water leaks without disturbing walls, ground or other obstacles.
Professional Water Extraction: Ceiling water leaks often mean the issue has permeated the above area and possibly more. Properly removing the moisture is essential in fully resolving the problem. This problem could easily transform into a mold problem. Also, leaving the water in contact with structural beams or otherwise can cause wood rot, which eats away at the structural integrity of your home. Our team has been trained by highly professional water mitigation and remediation experts, we have professional grade equipment, and access to their expert team if additional support is needed.
Comprehensive Repair Services: Our team is trained and certified to handle all your plumbing and even ceiling water leaks. We are here in San Diego County, prepared, and trained for your emergency plumbing needs.
Final Thoughts on Ceiling Water Leaks
Ceiling water leaks demand immediate attention to prevent extensive damage. Understanding the causes, risks, and effective solutions provided by Pro Plumber San Diego ensures a prompt and reliable response to safeguard your home. Call us for any Plumbing or water related emergencies in your home or business.