Have you ever experienced that impending feeling of doom when you are sitting in your living room, and a drop of water lands on your face? You look up and see the water is coming through your ceiling, and suddenly panic sets in. Hopefully, you are not reading this article when faced with a similar situation, but rather are trying to prepare yourself. Either way, let’s look at the simple but essential steps everyone should take when faced with a leak through a ceiling.
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Speed Is Critical When Dealing With A Leak In Your Ceiling
The simple fact about a leak in your ceiling is that it is highly unlikely that it will fix itself. The longer you leave it dripping, the more damage will be caused both to the ceiling itself and the floor underneath. That is why you must act with speed and try to determine the source of the problem.
In most cases, you will notice a damp patch in your ceiling long before it begins to drip on you. Alternatively, the first sign you might see is peeling paint or even some signs of mould. These could be the first visible signs of a leak in your attic. If you are physically able to, then climb up into your attic and carefully search for any signs of water damage in the areas where you noticed the patches. Pay close attention to any pipework in and around that area for signs of distress, cracks, or holes. Use your sense of touch to feel for moisture and see if there are any obvious signs of rust.
When it comes to a leaking pipe anywhere in your property, but especially in the ceiling, then the best advice is to contact a plumber as a matter of urgency. A plumber will be able to locate the problem quickly and, more importantly, resolve that problem immediately. While waiting for the plumber to arrive, place a bucket or other container underneath the leak to catch the dripping water and minimise the damage being caused.
The next step is to pierce a hole in the ceiling with a screwdriver. Although this may go against everything, you have ever been taught a small hole in your ceiling with a screwdriver, enabling the water to drain away rather than build up. Remember that water is very heavy, and by creating a small hole in the fabric of the ceiling, you are enabling that water to drain and preventing a build-up.
Turn off The Water Supply To Your Property
When things are calm and there is no imminent emergency about taking place, it is wise to identify the important parts of your property. Learn where your stop cock is so that you can turn off the water supply to your property in the event of a burst pipe. The last thing you want to be doing when there is water gushing through your home is trying to work out where the stopcock is – preparation is key.
What Happens If The Leak In The Ceiling is A Result of a Leaking Roof?
Unfortunately, in many circumstances, the primary cause of a ceiling leak could be a leak in your roof. Repairing a roof is not only complex but can be exceedingly dangerous. Thousands of professionals are either seriously injured or die due to accidents when working on a roof, so never attempt any work on your roof independently. It is probably unlikely that you will get a roofer to attend immediately to repair damage or a problem with your roof, so your primary goal should be to prevent any more water from entering the property. In this case, sometimes the best option may be to contract a professional tarp-over service, who will normally respond immediately to resolve your issue. A tarp-over service essentially prevents any more water from entering your home until the professionals can attend to repair it properly.
If you are worried or concerned about your roof or ceiling and feel that you may have some sort of leak, then the team at ADI Leak Detection are your local leak detection experts. We have the skills, the expertise, and the knowledge to locate a leak in your property, large or small. Contact us today for a free no-obligation quotation.