With the busy lives that most homeowners lead, and the expenses that come along with raising a family, it’s understandable that home repairs often get pushed to the back burner. One problem that should never be ignored or put off, however, is water staining on the ceiling – which is evidence of a water leak. Consider the following important information about water leaks and you’ll understand why investigating water stains should never be put off until later.
Ignoring a water stain won’t make it go away. While most homeowners are savvy enough to search out the origin of the stain in order to determine how best to fix it, there are those who seem to think that ignoring the problem will make it go away. As tempting as it is to turn away and hope for the best, don’t. In most cases the problem will just become more severe and you’ll end up with a bigger repair bill in the end.
The first step to fixing a leak is finding its source. While some water stains can be due to a plumbing problem, many of them can be traced back to a roof issue. If the ceiling where you noticed the stain is on your home’s top floor, you almost certainly have a problem with the roof, and you’ll need a professional to get up on a ladder to examine your roof and gutters. Clogged gutters can often lead to roof leaks, so if this appears to be the problem it’s important to check for blockages and clear out any leaves or debris in the gutters.
Neglect can lead to dire consequences. The worst thing you can do is paint over a water stain and forget about it. Doing so will leave the underlying leak unchecked, and what originally could have been a simple repair may eventually require a repair that’s much more extensive and costlier. Even a small drip has the potential to cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, and if neglected long enough will lead to structural damage and rot.
Get Help From Muth & Company
If you have a water stain on your ceiling that you’ve avoided addressing, it’s time to call on an experienced roofing contractor at Muth & Company Roofing for a professional opinion. Contact Muth & Company at (614) 682-3060 and schedule a FREE consultation before your little problem becomes bigger!