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Causes of Ceiling Water Stains and How to Fix It

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. That small spot you noticed on the ceiling the other day looks bigger. And is that water coming through? We’ll break down the 4 most common causes of ceiling water stains and what to do for each. Should you need a roofing contractor, Overhead Solutions in Green Bay offers affordable solutions.

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Common Causes of Ceiling Water Stains

Roof leaks are a common cause of ceiling water stains. Damaged or deteriorated roofing materials such as shingles, flashing or roof vents should be evaluated by a professional to prevent further damage. Other causes of ceiling water stains include plumbing leaks, HVAC leaks or leaks in the bathroom. If you have a ceiling water stain as a result of a roofing failure, contact Overhead Solutions for help.

When Should I Call a Contractor About Water Ceiling Stains?

When should you call a professional about a water stain? If you notice an active leak, call Overhead Solutions for a consultation. Signs of an active leak include:

  1. Brown rings on the ceiling
  2. Paint bubbling
  3. Drywall swelling
  4. Worsening or spreading stains

How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains

The first step is to identify the source. Before addressing cosmetic damage, the underlying issue must be identified and fixed. Without diagnosing and solving the underlying cause, the leak will continue and cause additional damage.

How does a roofer address ceiling water stains? The process starts with a roof inspection. The roofer locates visible signs of damage, missing shingles or deteriorated roofing materials to find areas where water is entering the roof. Chimneys, vents, skylights and roof valleys are inspected.

Common roof repairs for leaks include replacing damaged or missing shingles, repairing or replacing flashing, sealing roof penetrations and addressing issues with the roof valleys. In addition, it’s important to remove any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or branches from the roof and gutters to prevent overflow into the roofing components.

When the roofing components are fixed, the cosmetic damage can be addressed with drywall, putty, primers and paint. In severe cases, other professionals should be contacted for further assistance.

Does a Ceiling Stain Mean I Have a Leaky Roof?

No. Although roof leaks are sometimes the culprit, leaky pipes in various areas of the house can also cause ceiling water stains.

What are Condensation Stains on a Ceiling?

Condensation stains on a ceiling are discolorations or watermarks that occur as a result of excess moisture and condensation buildup. They often appear in areas where warm, humid air comes into contact with a cooler surface, causing the moisture to condense and leave behind visible stains.

Can I Paint Over Water Stains?

Yes! A non-active water stain can be painted over. Apply a stain-sealing primer first to prevent the stain from bleeding through the new paint and to achieve a uniform finish.