It is very easy for homeowners to identify water stains after a rainstorm, there are obvious signs people can notice in order to determine there is a problem with the roof. Ok, but what happens if it has not rained and constant leaks are still occurring? The answer to this question can be tricky sometimes as there are different reasons that can be causing such problems. Nevertheless, there is something very important you have to keep in mind and it is the fact that a slow leak is usually harder to find than a big one, this is due to the possibility stains have to migrate from their original opening.
As a new homeowner or potential home’s buyer, it will be essential for you to inspect your entire property in order to determine the different causes of leaks in any area of your home; to achieve this, your visual inspection skills will be key to identify the area above and around the stain, remember that the location of the stain will always give you an idea about where to find the possible source of that annoying water leak. What you are about to read is a list of some of the most common sources of ceiling stains.
Stains at Outside wall or Ceiling Corners
These of stains appear at the ceiling along outside walls at the corners due to ice dams leakage; which causes trouble when they melt and once ice “dams”, blocks the path of the melting water because it has nowhere to go and typically finds their way in behind your gutters or underneath your shingles. Moreover, when attic’s insulation is insufficient and there are attic air leaks, it is very likely that ice dams causes the leaking. What it takes to prevent this, is to have the attic air leaks sealed and add more insulation to the attic; this way you will have roof leakage from ice dams away.
Stains Below Bathroom Exhaust Fans
This type of stains starts when a bathroom exhaust fan is connected to an un- insulated duct, runs through the attic space and thus does not make an airtight connection to an appropriate roof cap. Furthermore, moisture gets trapped in your home without the right ventilation and insulation system, this leads to condensation to build up. In order to solve this problem, you might need to contact a qualified contractor who can determine whether or not you have an adequate ventilation based on your house’s size. Additionally, you can also run kitchen and bath fans when you cook or use any of your bathrooms, make it a habit if possible.
Stains Below Plumbing Fixtures or Radiators
Once home inspector finds a stain below a plumbing fixture, the next thing to do is to use a moisture meter to see if there is active leaking. It could happen that the stain is dry, in this case the plumbing fixture above should be meticulously tested, then the stain should be checked again.
Ceiling Stains that Appear Without Any Sign of Roof Leaks
These random ceiling stains occur due to condensation in the attic, for instance. Once enough frost builds up in this area of your home, then it can leave enough water and when it melts stains in many random places show up. This is why it would be very important to check the attic, you should pay special attention to the valleys where two roos planes come together. Also, the insulation should be dry as well as in good condition. In addition, those houses located in cold climates are highly prone to develop ice dams on the roof, this can cause water to leak into the attic from melting snow and ice on the roof.
Early solutions to water stains in your home will be always the best way to keep owning a home that not only looks amazing, but also is in great conditions; strive to avoid a frequent mistake many homeowners make which is ignoring their water stains, the prompter you address them the better you solve a minimal issue that can turn into an irreparable damage. It is true that water stains may have diverse sources which are not that easy to locate; however, deep inspection and counting on the assessment and help of a professional can save you from spending a lot of money as well as time, if you make the decision to call an expert as soon as you start noticing irregular water stains in your home. I also would like to recommend you not to try to fix any stain or damaged drywall until you are sure you have addressed the moisture problem licked that is causing the problem, otherwise water will continue to seep and all of the work and effort you have done will be in vain. In FinishBuild we are aware of the fact that your property is a huge investment, this is why we offer the best home inspection service; whether for your house’s interiors or exteriors, we will make sure your home is protected for many years to come.
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