Water Stains on Your Ceiling? Don’t Ignore Them!

by / Saturday, 28 July 2018 / Published in Tips

If you are noticing brown tinged patched on your ceiling, you don’t want to ignore them. Ceiling water stains are often one of the first signs of a leaking roof.

Brown Ceiling Spots May Mean Water Intrusion

The presence of water stains means that moisture is getting into your home somehow. This can be due to multiple issues, none of which are good for a homeowner. And ignoring water intrusion can lead to multiple problems both structurally and health and safety wise.

Water Damage is Serious

Water damage in your home is serious business. Your home is your largest investment and allowing a leak to continue may lead to problems that only get worse and more expensive with time. The main structure of your roof is probably comprised of wood rafters and a leak can lead to rot and a compromised roof. Once wood rots, the water can then leak into joists and walls leading to a very expensive fix.

If you are seeing water stains on your ceiling, chances are that water has begun to seep through your roof shingles and is finding its way to the backside of the ceiling. This will continue with each precipitation event until your leak is fixed. The longer you wait, the more vulnerable you are to other things that are often consequences of water intrusion.

Ceiling Damage

You may first notice a darkening on the ceiling and bubbling in any plaster. This can also begin to affect your surrounding interior walls. If you are storing anything in your attic, moisture may be ruining those items.

Drywall Damage

If water reaches the drywall of your home, it most probably will need to be replaced entirely. No paint will be able to cover water discoloration on drywall. Eventually, the moisture that has seeped into your drywall will make it warp and bubble.

Mold and Mildew

One of the serious health consequences of any water intrusion and damage is the potential buildup of mold and mildew. This can spread throughout your home and inside your walls. Mold is extremely dangerous and can be difficult and costly to get rid of.

Fire Hazards

If you have any electrical wiring in the ceiling or attic, this can also be affected due to water intrusion and cause potential shorts. Shorted wires in your attic or ceiling is a fire just waiting to happen. Add water to the equation and you have made a combustible situation even worse.

Insulation Damage

A leaky roof can cause grave damage to your home’s insulation and can cause it to break down and lose effectiveness. This, in turn, leads to higher energy bills.

If you are seeing telltale water spots on your ceiling, don’t wait. Call a professional Napa roofer to check for leaks and get them fixed before they create bigger problems. At Modern Method Roofing, we have been one of the premier roofing contractors in the Napa area for over 63 years. Call us today for any of your roofing repair needs.

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