What to Do if you Have a Water-Damaged Ceiling

water damageThree steps to get your water damage under control and get back to normal ASAP. 

You’re enjoying a lovely, relaxing evening at home. Maybe you’re sitting in the living room, enjoying a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace. You lean back against the couch, do a leisurely stretch, look up towards the ceiling, and wait … what’s that bulging, brown spot on your white ceiling? That wasn’t there before! What should you do?

The not-so-great news is this: a new, discolored spot on your ceiling, especially if it’s bulging, means water damage. The better news is, getting to the root of it quickly and having a local, trusted restoration company come out to assess the damage and begin the water damage restoration process immediately can keep a smaller water issue from becoming a much bigger one. Here are the three steps you should take if you discover water damage on a ceiling in your home. 

  1. Identify the source of the water. If you have a two-story home, water on a first-floor ceiling is most likely coming from a frozen, burst pipe or other bathroom plumbing issue upstairs. In single-story homes, or if you have water damage on your second floor, the culprit could be a leaky roof that’s been damaged by hail or an ice dam, or an issue with your chimney, caused by storm damage or age. Clogged gutters can also cause water issues near your roof line. Have a property restoration professional assess your situation to identify the source of the water and find a permanent solution, before you undertake any cosmetic repairs.
  2. Remove damaged ceiling materials and properly dry the area. Once the source of the water damage is repaired, it’s time to remove and replace damaged ceiling materials. If your water damage occurred in your attic, you may need to remove and replace insulation that got wet as well. You’ll be anxious to get your ceiling repaired and get things back to normal, but it’s imperative that you have water restoration professionals properly dry the area to avoid the possibility of future, unhealthy mold growth that might require mold remediation down the line. Your local property restoration company will have specialized drying equipment that can generate the airflow needed to remove every trace of moisture from the affected area. They should also perform inspections throughout the drying time to ensure no mold or mildew is present.
  3. Restore your ceiling and the surrounding area. Once the water damage restoration is complete, it’s time to put your home back together! Your property restoration company may offer general contracting services, so check with them first. Once your ceiling has been restored to its original glory, you can go right back to sitting by the fire and enjoying your hot cocoa, knowing that your water damage has been fully and properly remediated.

About Hays + Sons

For more than 38 years, Hays + Sons has been the property restoration company that families, businesses and schools trust. We’re committed to helping you be prepared when the unexpected strikes, and whether you just want tips for water damage prevention and mitigation or currently have water damage, Hays + Sons has the capacity and expertise to help you get back to normal ASAP. 

The compassionate, experienced, and trusted residential restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

If you’re in need of water damage restoration, get in touch with us at one of our offices across Indiana or in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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