How to fix water leaking from ceiling

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If you are someone who has been observing water leaking from your ceiling, then it is advisable that you don’t take this too lightly.  Water leaking from ceiling could be a serious issue, one that needs addressing as soon as possible. There can be many reasons for this and the solution will also depend upon the cause. This is why we have brought to you a list of the possible causes as well as the suitable solutions for the problem of water leaking from ceiling. They are given as follows:

1. Roof leaks

REASON: One of the possible reasons for water leaking from ceiling could be damaged roof or roof deterioration. 

SOLUTION: For this you will need to mark the affected areas so that they can be repaired.  Track signs of running water back to the source and mark the spot. Also, observe the attic ceilings and walls for marks or stains of water.  If you see no visible damage, then the reason could be shingles, flashings or vent gaskets.   For any of roof leak problems, you may need to contact a professional.

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2. Plumbing related leaks

Another reason for water leaking from ceiling could be plumbing related issues.  Our homes are full of various types of pipes and this can make pinpointing the issue difficult.  However we can provide you a few possible reasons for the leaks and they are given as follows:

  • Bathtub leaks

Inspect the bathtub for cracks and faulty drain gasket. If you find any irregularities or damages, make sure you get repair work through a professional plumber soon. Replace the old shower drain and if required,and replace the gasket as well.

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  • Shower leaks

Another type of plumbing related leak is shower leak. To check this, you can spray some water along the shower door and examine the ceiling.  If the ceiling drip, then it will confirm that the issue is shower leaks. To resolve this issue, you can install a shower door sweep and also run silicone caulk along the shower’s base.  If the leak still persists, call a professional.

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  • Toilet leaks

Toilets have a wax seal which connects the toilet to the home’s plumbing. Over a period of time, this seal can break due to aging and begin to leak.  To check the seal, you can try flushing your toilet and then examine the ceiling.  Replace the seal if that is the cause of water leaking from ceiling.

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3. Water line related issue

Another cause of water leakage from ceiling could be problem related to water lines.  The plumbing lines of the home can corrode or break over a period of time and this could begin to leak. This leak could be due to a faulty pipe.  For this, you must gain access to the affected area and use a handheld saw to clear it. Once you find the faulty pipe, you can replace it.

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If you are unable to detect the cause of leak and want a professional to help you, you can always reach out to Mr Right for all kinds of leakage problems and general plumbing work.

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    What is the easiest way to find a water leak?
    Use Your Water Meter
    Make sure no water is being used inside or outside of your house.
    Locate your water meter and check the leak indicator to see if it is moving. …
    Or you can also take a meter reading and wait 1 or 2 hours and take another meter reading (make sure no water is used during this time).

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    If you found your water leak inside the wall, then you have more than a simple plumbing repair on your hands and it may be time to call in the pros. They would cut the wall open, determine the exact location of the leak, and replace the damaged sections. Then patch the wall, sand, prime and paint.

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    Infrared camera – You can also use an infrared camera to detect cold areas in a wall. The wettest areas of a wall will be the coldest and will show up as blue or purple on the camera. This is another device commonly used by plumbing professionals to detect water leaks inside walls.

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