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How to Identify the Source of a Ceiling Leak

Finding where the water is coming from in a ceiling leak can be a nightmare. Water falls and continues to move downwards to the lowest point where it begins to pool. A leak can eventually start underneath the pool of collected water. It may be the ceiling that is dripping water, but the source of the leak could be located anywhere above that. Here are a few ways you can thoroughly inspect your home for the source of a leak.

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  1. Does the leak happen only during stormy weather? If so, then the leak is most likely on the roof. If the leak continues no matter the weather, then the leak is most likely due to a leaky plumbing line.
  2. Is the water a murky color and has stained the ceiling? This is a good indication that the water is coming from a leak in the roof. If the water has a normal clear color, then the water is probably from a leaking plumbing line or fixture.
  3. Go into the attic during the day time. Look at the ceiling and look for any holes with the sun shining through. Mark where the hole is by placing a straw in the hole so you can see it from on top of the roof.
  4. Start at the highest point of your roof and work your way down on each side. Look for any shingles that are damaged, wind-lifted, or bulging. Replace these shingles as they could be the cause of any leak you may have. While on the roof, also inspect the chimney for cracks or damage.
  5. Inspect the gutters and downspouts for any blockages. Clogged gutters can back up drainage water, which can get under the flashing on the house and cause leaks.

Drying off the ceiling and fixing any cracks will not solve the problem of a ceiling leak. Finding the source is the only way to truly stop the leak. If you find that the ceiling leak is coming from a plumbing line, then you’ll need to call a plumber to come fix it for you. Who better than Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing? Our experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to fix any plumbing emergency you may have. Have any questions about plumbing repair? Give us a call at (317) 434-2627!

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