Reasons Your Ceiling May Be Leaking And What To Do About It

Apr 11, 2023 | Ceiling Leaks

Ceiling leaks can be caused by either plumbing issues or problems with the roof. If the leak occurs after heavy rain, it’s likely due to issues with the roofing, gutters, flashing, or window seals. However, if the water is coming from directly below an upstairs shower or toilet,
then the plumbing is likely the culprit. There are DIY solutions available for fixing ceiling leaks, but if you’re unsure of the root problem or feel the solution is beyond your skill level, it’s best to call Precision Plus Plumbing for ceiling leaks.

Often, ceiling leaks start off small, which should give you the opportunity to spot the problem, diagnose the issue and repair the ceiling before major damage is done. However, in catastrophic cases, ceiling damage may be more extreme and the ceiling may even be at risk of collapse. It is a safety hazard if your ceiling appears to be bulging, pieces of drywall are falling or you can hear the ceiling straining. In this case, it is likely best to clear the area and call Precision Plus for fast service.


Catch the Water coming out of the Leaking ceiling
When your ceiling is leaking, that can also damage what lies below—such as furniture
and flooring. Move furniture and other items away from the splash zone under the leak.
Then catch the water leaking from your ceiling by placing a gallon bucket or large bowl
on top of towels directly underneath the leak. (Or leaks, if water is coming from multiple
places.) Depending on the flow rate, you will need to empty the buckets or bowls
regularly so they don’t overflow.

Reduce how much water is leaking into your ceiling
If the leak is due to a plumbing problem, make water use in that area or fixture off-limits
until you’ve handled the issue. Try turning shut off valves off, or let everyone know that
certain bathrooms are off limits until a Precision Plus Plumber shows up. If you aren’t
able to identify the exact location of the plumbing issue and are dealing with a
significant water flow, you can turn off your main water line and open a faucet on the
lowest level of your house to drain water from the lines until the issue is resolved. When
you call Precision Plus Plumbing, we will also be able to assist with drying the ceiling
and preventing mold growth.

If the leak is due to a roofing issue, the weather is likely playing a part—and that is
harder to control. If water is leaking from multiple spots, or appears to be pooling in
your ceiling, use a sharp tool (such as a screwdriver) to create a hole in the ceiling. This
will allow the water to flow out through one source rather than spreading out and make
matters worse. Precision Plus Plumbing will find the source of the Ceiling Leak.