4 Ways to Fix a Leaking Ceiling (+ Tips for Preventing Severe Damage)

Leak in the ceiling is a very common plumbing problem that can cause severe damage to your house and health. You can easily detect it by signs like sagging drywall, buckling plaster, dripping water, and discoloration on your ceiling. 

Leaking in ceiling also indicates some other plumbing problems of your house that you may not be aware of. However, before you fix the ceiling leakage, it’s imperative to determine the source of the leakage and fix it. When done, then you can proceed towards fixing a leak in the roof. In addition, there are some other essential ways to deal with ceiling leakage problems. But, don’t forget to call the plumber near you after you’ve noticed the leak in ceiling. In the meantime, you can perform the following actions to stabilize the situation.  

Step #1 Move Valuables out of the Are

If your ceiling is leaking, it can damage all the stuff placed under the leak. So, start clearing the area immediately after noticing the leak to save your belongings, especially any electronic item, from further damage. This will save your stuff from damage and help the plumber access and fix the problem quickly.

Step #2 Grab a Bucket

Once you’ve moved the stuff, place a big bucket under the leak to catch the leaking water from the ceiling. In this way, you can prevent your floor from any possible water damage. 

Step #3 Try to Stop the Source of Leaking Water

While waiting for the plumber, you can try to locate the source of the leak in the ceiling. You can try by shutting off a particular valve to stop the water flow in the pipes around the leaking area. If you succeed in locating the source, you can stop the water from leaking, and the only work left for the plumber would be the repair of pipes.  

4 Reasons of Ceiling Leakage and How You Can Fix It

Hiring professional plumbing is a completely personal choice, which doesn’t mean that you cannot fix the leak in the ceiling issue by yourself. However, in order to do the plumbing work yourself, you must understand what can cause ceiling leakages. Once done, it’s easy to fix it on your own. Here are some of the causes and the solution to fix the leakage in ceiling.

1. Shower Leakage

Shower leaks are difficult to find but not impossible. The reason is all the pipes of the shower are buried in the wall. So pay attention to the ceiling leakage and see if it’s near the shower area. If yes, that means the supply lines are leaking. 

The Solution:

If there is a shower leakage behind the wall, you need to cut an inspection window to check the shower pipe leakage. You can easily detect the leakage by turning on the shower. If there’s leakage in the shower arm, remove the circular plate and start unscrewing the shower arm. Now, clean the joint compound with a brush. Next, you’ll have to wrap the thread by using plumbing tape and put things back into the pipe joint. 

In case the valve is leaking, you’ll need to replace the cartridge. This replacement can be a little complex. But if you pay attention properly, you can easily fix it. 

2. Toilet Leakage

If the leak is directly below your bathroom, that means the source of the problem is the toilet. Inspect your toilet and look for the ceilings. The leaks are often caused by drainage problems like a failed wax ring or leaking supply tube. 

  • Wax Ring Failure: 

The Wax ring is connected with the toilet’s outlet to the drain pipe. With time these rings can age, which results in cracks. So, when you flush the toilet, water starts seeping through the wax ring, which results in ceiling leakage. e

  • Supply Tube Leakage: 

The supply tube of a toilet leakage also causes the water to seep through the floor below and produces leakage. The possible reason behind it can be a loose or faulty valve that should be repaired or replaced to stop the water from flowing from the source. 

The Solution:

There can be two possible causes of the toilet leakage. Similarly, you can use these two ways to fix them. 

  • Wax Ring:

If there’s a leakage in the wax ring of your toilet, you need to drain and remove the toilet. Now, remove the faulty was ring and toilet flange bolts. Next, install a new wax ring and, at last, reconnect the toilet and run a quick test by flushing the water. 

  • Supply Tube:

For the supply tube, start with turning off the water supply of your toiled and lose the nut that connects the supply line. Then, replace the supply line and turn on the water again. 

3. Sink Leakage

Another very common plumbing problem that every homeowner faces is sink leakage. The water leakage from the sink could be coming from a loose P-trap connector, damaged caulk, the supply hoses, or a loose strainer that needs to be replaced immediately to fix the leakage.  

The Solution: 

If there is a leak in the water supply line of your sink, you need to tighten the supply line connection. If that doesn’t work, the other solution is replacing the supply line. However, if there is leakage in the drain pipe, you need to take out the sink flange and drain pipe. Inspect all the parts carefully and try to find the crack. Upon finding the cacks on any part, replace them all and put everything together. 

4. Roof Leakage

Roofs can sometimes leak due to holes, damaged shingles, drainage issues, or chimneys and vents. Roof leaks are comparatively easier to spot and fix. However, you can notice the large brownish molds on your roof that can cause severe damage to the walls if left unattended.  

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