For many first time home owners who have never taken charge of their household before, it can be a challenge to detect ceiling leakage before the issue becomes threatening. Often times, a collapsed part of the ceiling sends them into a panic, wondering what could have caused small portions of their ceiling to cave in. Little would they have suspected that for some time before the incident, water leakages had occurred within their ceiling? In this article, we aim to explain how water leakages damage your ceiling and how one can spot leakages early, thus allowing for preventive action.
To start, water weakens the structural integrity of your ceiling as it creates a conducive environment for mold to grow. With higher moisture levels in closed dark spaces, mold grows relatively fast within your structures. Hence over time, the strength of the material weakens and begins to rot, when it can no longer hold its own weight, a collapse happens. It is also worth noting that the source of the leakage may not be at the ceiling itself. Instead, a leakage could occur at a different part of your building, with water travelling a distance before reaching your ceiling where it may accumulate.
Clear signs of water ceiling leakages would be stains appearing on your ceiling due to dampness and possible discoloration on the walls over time. Depending on the length in which water has accumulated, you may also smell mold. Home owners should be aware that as mentioned above, even if such signs appear on your ceiling, it does not mean that the water’s entry point is at the ceiling.
To spot the actual leak, owners should first attempt to trace back signs of water within their structures. For example, dampness and discoloration might have left a visible path before reaching their final destination. If you stay in a private estate, you should inspect your roof for any tears, cracks or missing pieces. This could give you a good idea of where water might be entering your home’s structure. To be sure, test it using a garden hose to simulate rain. Observe how water flows on the roof and how much deviates from the dedicated exit channels. An additional tip would be to use a flashlight to direct light into the entry points.
It is important that homeowners detect water leakages before structural damage takes place. As such, constant vigilance, especially during rainy periods could be crucial to spot water entry points. Thereafter, the engagement of waterproofing professionals could help to prevent further damage to your ceiling.