Ceiling water damage is hard to miss. It’s the very first thing you’ll notice every time you walk into the room. Most ceilings are composed of wallboard that discolors as water soaks in. In addition to causing conspicuous stains, water absorption also compromises the structural integrity of the wall board and poses a real risk that some part of the ceiling may eventually fall in. Whether large or small, ceiling water damage is an issue that needs to be tracked back to its source and resolved. Here are the possible causes:
When the affected ceiling is in a room below the attic, rain water penetrating the roof may be dripping down on the attic side of the ceiling. In addition to threatening the solidity of the ceiling, ongoing roof leaks also ruin attic insulation and trigger mold growth. Because water may drip onto the ceiling some distance away from the point where it actually penetrates the shingles and sub-roof, a professional roof inspection is required to pinpoint the location of the leak.
If the ceiling issue is on a lower floor beneath an upstairs bathroom, the possibilities are obvious. A water supply pipe inside a bathroom wall may be covertly dripping. Leaks can also result from a defective wax seal around the toilet. A particularly troublesome source is the drain pan sealed underneath the shower stall. Leaks in the not-easily-accessible pan manifest as a conspicuous ceiling stain in the room below. Leaks from plumbing inside walls or a defective drain pan under the shower stall should be diagnosed and repaired by a qualified plumber.
Hot, humid air accumulating in the attic during summer may trigger chronic condensation on cold air conditioning ducts routed there. It can saturate attic insulation and damage the ceiling below. Wrapping air duct insulation around the ductwork prevents contact with humid air and resultant condensation. Also, bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan ducts in the attic that are leaky or disconnected may continuously discharge warm, moist air onto the ceiling that triggers deterioration.
If you have ceiling water damage, we can help! Call the pros at King's Remediation at (760) 844-2326 so we can do an inspection of your ceiling and entire home. Mold can quickly develop with any ceiling leak happens. You can Trust in the King!
Dishwashers are great, but they also can cause great water damage. Think about your dishwasher breaking down while full of water. The amount of water flowing onto your walls, cabinets and floors would be overwhelming, especially since in most cases the water keeps flowing as the dishwasher doesn't stop the water flow.
In most cases a dishwasher failing causes only a small water flood, but in more complex cases that dishwasher breaking will set you back a thousands of dollars. Even if your insurance covers the repairs, you still will need to pay the deductible.
Worst case scenario:
You're getting ready for work. You put all the dishes in the dishwasher, hit the start button, pick up your keys from the counter, and you and the family are off to a regular day (or at least the start of a regular day). With the workday over, you return for dinner. You open the door, walk to the kitchen, and see a big puddle of water next around the dishwasher. You then check the dishwasher and see it's off, but the water has spread around the kitchen and your walls, cabinets and floors are all soaked.
Causes of dishwater leaks:
Surfaces that are susceptible to damage after a dishwasher leak:
Steps to take after a dishwasher leak:
The moment you notice your dishwasher is or has leaked, make sure to first turn off the dishwasher. Grab a towel or mop and soak up any visible water on your floor. This might mean pulling the unit out from under the counter so you can get any water that has pooled beneath the dishwasher itself.
Next, you need to identify the cause of the leak. Was the door slightly ajar? Does the latch not always work? Are the gaskets wearing out? Some problems you can fix yourself, but if you want to be extra confident in the repairs, call a specialist to come out and inspect and repair the unit.
Lastly and most importantly, call the pros at King's Remediation at (760) 844-2326 so we can do an inspection to ensure that you don’t have any moisture in your flooring, cabinets or walls, which can quickly develop mold. You can Trust in the King!