Possible Causes Your Ceiling is Leaking

Common sources your ceiling is leaking.

Have you noticed a stain on your ceiling? Perhaps it’s dripping occasionally. If so, it’s possible that your ceiling is trying to tell you about an issue at hand. It’s easy to assume that roof leaks are the cause of a ceiling leaking, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, it may not be your roof at all. Check out a couple of the common sources of why your ceiling is leaking.

Water pipes leaking or dripping

Plumbing pipes are often in your attic and may either by leaking or accumulating condensation, causing the water to drip. This is a common issue, often misdiagnosed as a roof leak.

Condensation inside your home

If your house isn’t properly vented, insulated, or has a whole-house humidifier that is set too high, condensation can build up and cause moisture in the home, especially in your attic. To help prevent this problem, be mindful to keep your whole-house humidifier set below 30 percent.

Clogged downspouts and gutters

Especially over the winter, gutters and downspouts can get clogged with debris, twigs, leaves, and dirt. However, if your gutters are clogged, water has no way to go but inside. Be sure that these pipes are clear of debris at all times.

Leaking roof

Turns out it was a roof leak? Take note if the ceiling spot and leak are worse after rainfall. Check the roof for missing slates, look for damaged siding, and ensure the attic insulation is sufficient.

You may need to call out a professional to help you identify and repair the cause of your leaking ceiling. For everything else, there’s homeowners insurance. Visit the professionals at McCarty Insurance Agency to get started today!