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My Ceiling Has a Water Stain. What Do I Do?

What Causes Ceiling Stains?

Water stains are usually a by-product of a leak that has seeped through the ceiling and evaporated, leaving behind mineral deposits that cause unsightly discoloration. Common sources of ceiling stains are a leaking roof, attic condensation, or bad piping. If the source of the leak is not obvious, it’s important to bear in mind that water can run along rafters or pipes before making its way to your ceiling. Some detective work might be needed to identify the source of the problem!

If that stain marring your pristine ceiling is below an upstairs bathroom, it was likely caused by deteriorating caulking, corroded pipes (especially problematic in houses built before 1970), or a leaky pipe or shower pan. Bathrooms have more plumbing pipes than any other area of the house—even more than the kitchen.

What Do I Do?

While it’s tempting to address the stain itself by painting over it to cover up the damage, this is only a temporary fix. Identifying and addressing the source of the stain should be your top priority, and it will save you a lot of headaches down the road. Leaks can cause rotting wood, structural damage, and mold, so it’s crucial to fix them before the problem leads to more trouble than an irritating stain.

Attempting a DIY fix might end up causing even more water damage to your house. Even a small amount of water can easily eat through the drywall of most ceilings, so small leaks can cause big problems. If you are not confident you can fix the problem yourself, call a professional plumber as soon as you notice a stain.

Our team here at Veteran Plumbing Services is trained to quickly identify and fix the source of those ugly ceiling stains, saving your home from additional water damage and saving you from future headaches. Give us a call to schedule an appointment, and we’ll have your house looking its best in no time!

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