Ceiling Leak Detection – Who should You Call When Your Ceiling Is Leaking?

A ceiling leak can be caused by either a roof, plumbing or structural leak so you will need to call a leak detection specialist.

Here at ADI Leak Detection we are able to locate all types of water leaks, including roof leaks, plumbing leaks and structural leaks.

As a specialist leak detection company we specialise in finding the source of water leaks from all types of plumbing pipework and roofs.

We use multiple methods of  leak detection including thermal imaging, acoustic listing devices, tracer gases or even thermal imaging drones to carry out a detailed inspection into the source of your ceiling leak!

Ceiling Leak Detection

What Are The Signs of a Ceiling Leaking?

The most common signs of a water leak in your ceiling are include:

  • Water stains on the ceiling and walls
  • Dampness on the ceiling
  • A bulging spot where the ceiling is holding water
  • A musty smell in the room
  • Moisture or Mould on the ceiling

When you spot a ceiling leak, it’s important that you act quickly.

What To Do When You Have a Leak In Your Ceiling…

When you notice any signs of a water leak, take the following steps;

  • Contain the leak: Place buckets or other containers to catch dripping water. This will prevent further damage to floors and furniture.
  • Drainage: If the water accumulation is significant, consider making a small hole in the ceiling to encourage drainage. This can prevent the ceiling from collapsing due to the weight of trapped water.
  • Turn off the water supply: If you suspect the leak might be from plumbing, turning off the main water supply can prevent further leakage.

Determining the Cause of the Leak

Identifying the origin of the leak is crucial for effective resolution:

Roofing Leaks

If the leak is on the top floor, it’s likely an issue with the roof. Signs of a roofing leak include:

  • Damaged or missing roof tiles
  • Water spots or dampness in the attic

Our roof leak detection teams detect roof leaks using tracer gases, thermal imaging and drone imaging technology.

Plumbing Issues

Leaks on lower levels often indicate a plumbing problem. Signs to watch out for include:

  • Stained floors or ceilings
  • Presence of mold or mildew

We have a nationwide network of plumbing and heating leak detection engineers specializing in finding the source of hidden water leaks on all types of plumbing pipework. We will solve the leak in your ceiling with our multi stage inspection process.

Structural Issues

Structural issues which could lead to a water leak presenting itself as a leak in your ceiling include chimney and roof leaks if the staining is on the top floor of your property. If the leak is presenting itself in the ceiling of a room not on the top floor then i could be structural leak from a window, door or balcony on the floor above.

Homeowners Insurance and Leaks in Ceilings

Understanding your homeowners insurance policy is crucial when dealing with ceiling leaks. Some key points to consider:

  • Insurance might cover damage resulting from sudden events like storms or burst pipes
  • Trace and access cover will cover the cost of finding your leak and may also cover cost of repairs.
  • Regular maintenance issues or wear and tear might not be covered
  • Always review your policy to understand coverage limits and exclusions
  • We provide comprehensive report to assist with your home insurance claim.


Roof leaks typically manifest on the top floor and might be accompanied by damaged roof tiles. Plumbing leaks often show up on lower levels and might be associated with water stained floors or ceilings.

If you can access your loft space then you may be able to visibly inspect for any signs of a roof leak or any other problems.. Our

Act immediately

The longer you wait, the more damage can occur. Whether it’s a plumber or a roofing contractor, getting professional help as soon as possible is crucial.

The repair work will be more costly the longer the problem is left for. Insurance companies can refuse to pay out for your case if they are not notified of an issue in a reasonable timeframe.

Not always. While sudden and unexpected events might be covered, issues resulting from neglect or regular wear and tear might not be.

Our Other Specialist Services

  • Bathroom Leaks; Bathtubs, sinks, toilets and shower leaks all make finding bathroom leaks a job for professional leak detectors.
  •  Underfloor heating leaks are found using tracer gases, acoustics and thermal cameras to pinpoint the leak locations.
  • Structural Leak Detection – We test all likely sources which include windows, doors, visible cracks, leaking roofs, chimneys and balconies.
Water Damaged Ceiling

Call ADI Leak Detection When You Need A Specialist To Detect Ceiling Leaks…

As a company we have specialist engineers located in all areas of the UK, so no matter where you are in England, Scotland or Wales you can be sure we have the experience to solve your ceiling leak problem!

Our helpful customer service team await your call and are ready to offer help and advice now…

ADI Leak Detection Customer Service Team

Adrian Morgan

Adrain Morgan CIPHE RP RHP is the founder & Managing Director of ADI Pro Leak Ltd. Adrian is also the Head Plumbing, Heating & Leak Detection engineer at ADI Leak Detection.

Adrian CIPHE RP RHP is proud to be registered with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, a Registered Plumber and a Registered Heating Professional.