What’s Behind That Ceiling Stain?

Ceiling stains
Trying to ignore your ceiling stains? They could be a sign of a larger problem.

It’s pouring rain, and you go to sleep thanking your sturdy roof and gutter system. In the morning, you notice a stain spreading across the ceiling. Perhaps your roof isn’t so sturdy after all. While a leak in the roof can appear to be the cause of a ceiling stain, often the true cause is found in other home systems such as ceiling fans and gutters.

Get to the Root of the Problem

Ceiling stains generally occur due to water damage, but you need to figure out where that water damage has occurred and why. The why can be a tricky business, and if it’s not immediately obvious, it’s probably best to contact a roofing company so that they can fix the real problems. It’s tempting to paint over a ceiling stain or install a new shingle, but a quick fix that just covers up the problem won’t solve your issues in the long run.

Interior Water Condensation Can Cause Stains

Before you panic about ceiling stains, make sure that your stains are caused by an exterior leak, not by a warm bath. Some stains can occur due to interior condensation. This is especially prominent in the kitchen and the bathroom, where warm air moves upward and stops at the ceiling. If there is inadequate ventilation such as a poorly-maintained ceiling fan, the water may stop there, leading to mold and stains on the ceiling.

Ceiling stains
Where does your stain come from? Check for interior condensation and exterior leaks.

Causes of Exterior Water Leaks

Of course, ceiling stains can also come from the outside in. There are many causes of exterior leaks. Areas where fireplaces or skylights connect to the roof are prime places for leaks. When you see a leak, think about what’s above it or next to it: that could be the culprit.

Some ceiling stains also come from roofing materials that have peeled, cracked, warped, or lifted. Roofing is designed to protect your interior, but it can only do this well when it’s in the position in which it was installed. There are a number of causes of problems with your roofing. If the structure underneath has hollows or is soft, then the roofing may not lie flat and water can pool, causing leakage and further problems with your roofing.

Leaks Can Occur Due to Structural Concerns

Roofing leaks also occur due to larger structural issues that may not immediately seem to be a problem. A warped or clogged gutter might seem to be a simple maintenance issue, but backed up water can move over and underneath roofing, causing it to lift and warp and causing underlying structural issues. It’s important to maintain your roof’s support system properly so that water flows away from the roofing, not underneath it.

Can you install gutters that decrease your home maintenance? At Harry Helmet, we know that gutter installation can not only make your gutters look good, it reduces the time you spend maintaining your home. Reduce gutter cleaning, gutter and roof repairs, and interior leak repairs by installing a gutter system that won’t clog: contact Harry Helmet today.

Written by Del Thebaud

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