My Ceiling is Leaking: How to Deal With Roof Leaks

Roof Leaks
December 15, 2023

Among the top things everyone hopes to avoid in home ownership is finding a wet spot on the ceiling or wall.  You need to take immediate action to mitigate further damage to your home. What to do when your ceiling is leaking?

Ceiling leaks can stem from various issues, each requiring investigation and potential repair work, but not all requiring the same amount of work or expense.  Some common reasons for wet spots on your ceiling include issues with the roof, plumbing, or even condensation.

Identifying the specific cause will guide you in taking the appropriate steps to remedy the situation promptly and effectively.

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Common Reasons For Wet Spots On Your Ceiling

Roof Leaks

A leaking roof is a common cause. It could be because of damaged or missing shingles, cracked flashing around chimneys or vents, or problems with the roof’s structure.

Leaking Plumbing

Plumbing issues, such as leaking pipes or a leaking bathroom fixture (like a shower or bathtub), can result in water traveling through ceilings and causing wet spots.

Condensation

In humid environments, condensation can form on ceilings, especially in areas with poor ventilation. This may appear as a wet spot but is caused by water vapor in the air.

Leaking HVAC System

Air conditioning or heating systems can sometimes leak water, leading to wet spots on ceilings. This is often related to condensate drain problems.

Overflowing Gutters

If gutters are clogged or not functioning properly, water can overflow and seep into the walls and ceiling.

Faulty Flashing

Improperly installed or damaged flashing around windows, doors, or other openings in the roof can allow water to enter and cause ceiling leaks.

Structural Issues

Cracks or gaps in the building structure can allow water to penetrate and reach the ceiling.

We highly recommend contacting a professional roofing company or plumber to investigate where the leak is coming from.  Water travels easily, often the source of the leak is found a fair distance from the point of moisture.

What To Do When Your Ceiling is Leaking and When to Get Your Roof Replaced

Roof leaks can quickly escalate from minor inconveniences to major disasters if left unattended. If you’ve noticed water dripping from your ceiling, it’s crucial to take prompt action to prevent further damage to your home. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to deal with roof leaks and get the roof repairs that you need right away.

1. Identify the Source

Safely inspect your home’s interior for water stains or wet spots on the ceiling. Trace the source of the leak as accurately as possible.  Often this requires climbing in the attic, please take all necessary safety precautions before climbing on your ceiling.

2. Contain the Water

Place buckets or containers under the leak to collect water and prevent further damage to your floors and belongings.  We often suggest outlining the wet area to identify how quickly the spot is growing if growing at all.

3. Mitigate Interior Damage

If there is water damage to walls or ceilings, remove furniture and other items from the affected area. Use towels or a wet/dry vacuum to clean up standing water.

4. Document the Damage

Take photos or videos of the water damage for insurance purposes. Document the extent of the leak and any damage to personal property.  G & A Certified South Roofing can refer you to a Licensed Adjuster that works for you rather than your insurance company.  We recommend this step to ensure you are being fairly represented.  The adjuster will collect their fee from the insurance company, there is no cost to you. 

5. Temporarily Patch the Leak

If you can safely access the roof and identify a visible issue (e.g., missing shingles, damaged flashing), consider making a temporary patch. Use roofing cement, roofing tape, or a tarp to cover the damaged area. This is a temporary solution to prevent further water entry until a professional can assess and repair the roof.  In most cases, if you call us in advance, we will tarp the damaged area for you, to avoid further damage.

6. Contact a Professional Roofer

Roof repairs are best handled by professionals. Contact G & A Certified South Roofing, we are a licensed and experienced roofing contractor that has inspected thousands of roofs, we will identify the underlying issue, and provide a permanent solution quickly and cost-effectively. 

7. Insurance Claim

If the damage is significant, contact your insurance company to report the incident. Provide them with the documentation, including photos and videos, to support your claim.

8. Prevent Future Leaks

Once the roof is repaired, take steps to prevent future leaks. Regularly inspect and maintain your roof, clean gutters, and address any issues promptly.  G & A Certified South Roofing offers FREE inspections year-round.

9. Monitor for Mold

If the leak has been present for some time, there is a risk of mold growth. Monitor the affected areas for signs of mold and address it promptly if detected.

Visible roof leaks are warning signs that should never be ignored. Taking immediate action, identifying the source, and consulting with roofing professionals are key steps to safeguarding your home from further damage. Don’t let a minor leak turn into a major disaster—address roofing issues promptly for peace of mind and a secure home.

Remember, safety is a priority. If you’re not comfortable or equipped to assess and temporarily patch the leak, it’s better to wait for a professional roofer to handle the repairs. Roofing work can be dangerous, and it’s essential to take necessary precautions to avoid accidents.

Need professional help in dealing with roof leaks?

Call a professional, contact G & A Certified South Roofing today. We provide the best roof repair services in Orlando, Winter Garden, Celebration, Winter Park, Maitland, Windermere, Kissimmee, Longwood, Apopka, Clermont, and Reunion.

For a free estimate from G & A Certified South Roofing, fill up the form below. 

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