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

Water damage anywhere in your home is unsettling. The most important thing you can do is get to the root of the problem as quickly as possible and enlist the help of your local, trusted property restoration company. If you have experienced water damage anywhere in your home, including a flooded basement or crawl space, the trained, compassionate and highly experienced professionals at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away.

Hays + Sons can also assist you if you need storm damage repair, emergency board-up service, contents restoration, mold remediation or fire damage restoration.

With offices throughout the Midwest in Fort Wayne, Crown Point, Indianapolis, Columbus, Muncie and Lafayette as well as Cincinnati, Ohio, there’s a Hays + Sons near you.

Get immediate help by calling Hays + Sons today at 800-536-4056.

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