Your ceiling is the part of your house that keeps you safe and warm. It keeps you protected from the elements and weather, preventing debris from getting into your living spaces. It also hides insulation, wires, pipes, and other things that we don’t want to see on a regular basis.
A ceiling is one of the most important parts of our home, yet we don’t give it a second thought until there is an issue. Let’s look at some common types of ceiling damage and how you can prevent these problems before they happen to you.
How to Tell if Your Ceiling Has Water Damage
- Water stains. Water will start to produce dark spots on your ceilings. There really isn’t any pattern to the spots, but changes in color on your ceiling let you know that there is an issue at hand.
- Paint starts to peel. Mold, mildew, and moisture can cause paint to peel and flake. Ceiling paint that begins to peel for no reason is a sign to call in a restoration company to determine the problem.
- Ceiling cracks. If your ceiling begins to crack, it can be the start of a major problem. Cracks can present in straight lines or spider web patterns. If you begin to notice cracks, it’s important to act quickly before the issue gets worse.
- The ceiling begins to bow. Ceilings should be flat. If you see that your ceilings is bowing or dipping, this could mean water damage or something more serious is at large.
When to Call a Professional About Your Ceiling Damage
Different types of ceiling damage are caused by different issues. A professional is best to identify the overall issue and determine the best course of action before the problem becomes a major problem.
- Water leaks can be a large reason for ceiling damage. Leaks can cause bowed ceilings, sagging ceilings, stains, and more. When these issues present themselves, a water leak may be the cause. Now the task becomes finding out what is causing the leak itself! A burst pipe, leaky roof, or other issues could all be reasons for water damage. Identifying the problem quickly is important to prevent other issues like mold and mildew in addition to ceiling damage.
- Sitting water and high humidity causes water to settle on your ceilings. This can create a perfect spot for mold and mildew, which may lead to health problems in your home. A professional can help remove the mold and recommend the best solution to prevent it from returning.
- The age of your home plays a large part in ceiling damage. Just like we age over time – a ceiling gets old, too. If you notice cracks in the plaster of your ceiling, it could be due to the age of your home, which will require a professional to repair.
- Structural damage can lead to ceiling cracks and should not be taken lightly. If you suspect that your ceiling damage is caused by structural issues, a professional construction company should be called immediately to keep you and your family safe.
Ceiling Damage Is Fixable!
Ceiling damage is fixable! While it may seem overwhelming and scary, it’s not something that cannot be fixed with help. If you suspect your ceiling may be experiencing issues due to water damage, call the professionals at McMahon Services and Construction. We are ready to inspect and begin to repair any ceiling issues today.