Mysterious Problems Above? What’s Causing Your Ceiling Damage?

Ceilings are not part of our homes that we tend to think about much, until they start presenting a problem! Ceilings provide protection from extreme attic temperatures and debris from insulation… not to mention they cover beams and pipes and keep them out of sight! When a problem starts to form on the ceiling it’s important to figure out the issue and call in the right professional quickly before the damage gets any worse.

 

Common Types of Ceiling Damage

There are a few different ways that your ceiling may start presenting problems:

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  • Staining. If your ceiling is painted a shade of white, you will quickly notice any change in color. Ceiling stains can come in different colors and shapes, but the meaning is the same – there’s a problem above.
  • Cracks appearing for no reason. If you notice cracks in your ceiling, it’s time to call in a contractor. Cracks can appear in small lines, large lines, or even spider web shapes, but it’s best to have them examined before any more damage occurs.
  • Bowing to the ceiling. If you notice that your ceiling has a sag or a dip to it, it’s time to call in the professionals. Ceilings are meant to be level and straight, and anything other than this i a sign that something is wrong.
  • Paint peeling. Depending on how long it has been since your ceiling has been painted, paint should not peel away. If you notice signs of cracking, flaking, or peeling in your paint, it could be a larger issue than just a bad paint job.

 

What is Causing the Ceiling Damage

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The problems above can be caused by a few different things.

Ceiling Damage Due To a Water Leak

Ceiling stains, sagging drywall, and peeling paint typically mean water is sitting atop your ceiling drywall. Roof damage, including missing shingles, clogged gutters, and ice dams, are one culprit. The source of the problem could also be a broken pipe, burst pipe or an improper shower fitting allowing water to leak from an upstairs bathroom. Address this kind of damage by first determining and fixing the water source, then drying out the area, and last repairing the ceiling damage.

 

A water leak.

Stains, sagging, or peeling paint can mean that there is a water leak somewhere in your ceiling drywall. If your roof has missing shingles, clogged gutters, or ice dams, these are all possible causes of water sitting atop your ceiling. A professional can not only determine what the problem is, but will be able to tell you where it originated, and what needs to happen to repair the area before any lasting damage takes hold.

 

Excess moisture.

Different from a water leak, too much moisture can cause mildew and mold stains. This comes from humidity clinging to the ceiling, and is typically found in bathrooms where the moisture levels are higher than normal. Proper ventilation in these rooms can help keep the mold and mildew at bay.

 

Structural damage.

If you see cracks in the ceiling or if it is dipping lower than normal, you may have structural problems. It could be a wall stud that is damaged or weak, or a joint is no longer able to hold the weight of the home. For either issue, a professional is needed to fully inspect the problem before more damage happens to your home, and your wallet.

 

Contact A&J today for water damage clean up emergencies and services by A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, WisconsinIf you experience water damage or mold and mildew problems, A&J Restoration can help find the problem and remove it from your home. We will also help with the repairs to your ceiling or any structural damage that has happened due to water damage – call us today for more information.

 

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