When you have water damage in your home, it isn't just a cosmetic issue, but a health one as well. Water damage often leads to mildew and mould, which can be dangerous for the health of everyone in your home, including your pets. Water damage that isn't repaired can also worsen over time, leading to foundation issues. Here are some signs that your ceiling has water damage, so you know when it might be time to call a contractor for ceiling repairs.
Discolouration of the Ceiling
This is one of the first and most obvious signs that can tell you there is some water damage. In many cases, a leak from the roof doesn't cause major downpours of water into your home. What happens more often is that the water very slowly leaks through a crack in the roof, which then begins pooling above the ceiling materials. This is what causes discolouration or dark water spots on the ceiling. Look around the ceiling, especially at the joints between the walls and ceiling. This is probably from a roof leak or possibly from having ice dams.
Peeling and Cracking Paint
In addition to obvious water spots, you might also notice that the paint on the ceiling, joints and upper wall near the ceiling is starting to peel. When water begins damaging the walls, it soaks into the paint or wallpaper, causing it to pull away from the drywall. With walls that have wallpaper, the water can remove the adhesive holding it in place, which is why it begins to peel. You should always look for a potential water leak when you have peeling, cracking or bubbling of paint or wallpaper.
A Foul Odour Near the Ceiling
When water damage goes for too long without being repaired, it often leads to mildew and eventually the growth of mould. If you can catch it before it turns to mould, it will be much easier to repair. With mildew, you might not see it, but you can smell it. Walk close to the wall where you suspect a leak or go up to the attic and see if you notice any foul or pungent odours. This is probably mildew.
In addition to smells, you might also start to see mould forming, showing a green or brown colouring. Other signs of mould include physical symptoms like coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy skin.
Consult a ceiling repair expert if you notice signs of water damage so that you can get it repaired quickly and avoid further damage.