The presence of watermarks on the ceiling does not automatically mean that your roof is failing. But it is important to find out if the moisture stains are old or the result of active leaks.

These could lead to a costly but necessary roof repair. A professional evaluation from Muth & Company Roofing can help you determine if there’s a current cause for concern.

What to Do if You Spot Moisture Stains on Your Ceiling

Roof leaks that leave moisture stains

Sometimes roof leaks are from a chimney with improper flashing, or a section of shingles that blew off in a storm. A Muth & Company roofer will test the stain to see if it’s actively leaking. Then we will inspect the roof and recommend a repair. A dry stain means that the previous problem that caused the leak has been fixed. Or that the conditions that caused it are no longer there.

Moisture stains caused by condensation

Improperly vented fans with an insulated duct and a roof cap with an airtight seal will cause condensation to build up in the duct. This condensation will eventually leak down to the ceiling. Another area where condensation can cause problems is in the attic. If you have air leaks in your attic, they can cause frost to collect. This leads to staining in random places when it melts. Sealing air leaks will help keep this problem from repeating itself.

Damage from high humidity

There is always a certain amount of humidity in your home from daily activities. But when humidity levels get too high, homeowners can start to experience moisture problems. These include signs that include mold, mildew, condensation on windows, and stains on the walls and ceiling. Humidifiers are the most common culprits in these instances. While great for adding moisture to dry winter air, their overuse can cause much worse problems than dry skin. The EPA recommends keeping humidity levels between 30-50%, and no greater than 60%, to prevent moisture problems.

Leaking caused by ice dams

Ice dams are another cause of leaks and staining. These are usually at the outside corners where the ceiling and outside walls meet. Ice dams usually form by insufficient insulation in the attic. This allows warm air to leak out from the interior. Fixing this particular problem is by adding more attic insulation and plugging any attic leaks.

If your home has unexplained ceiling stains, give Muth and Company Roofing a call at (614) 682-3060 to schedule a thorough inspection by our competent Columbus roofing contractors.

Since 1992, Muth & Company Roofing has installed the highest-quality roofing systems, and gutter repair, on homes and businesses in Central Ohio.

When it comes to product knowledge, customer service, financing, workmanship and warranties, no other roofing contractor can compare to us. It’s no wonder that we were the first roofing company in Columbus to receive the President’s Club Certification by GAF, or that we are consistently referred out by insurance companies, realtors, and customers alike.

Need the best roofing available in Columbus, OH, and surrounding communities? We’re the roofer who wants to earn your business. Call Muth & Company Roofing today at (614) 882-0900 for a FREE estimate, or fill out our contact form. We serve Columbus, Westerville, Delaware, Worthington, Dublin, Bexley, Gahanna, New Albany, and many other surrounding Central Ohio cities.

About Muth

Muth & Company Roofing is a certified Master Elite Contractor through GAF servicing Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding area including Westerville, Delaware, Worthington, Dublin, Bexley, Gahanna, New Albany, and nearby communities. Muth & Company provides roofing installation services, as well as gutter installation, gutter replacement, gutter repair, attic insulation, skylight installation, and roof repair. We’re proud to offer metal roofing installation and metal roof financing services.

We use quality, feature-rich products including GAF American Harvest Shingles as well as the full GAF roofing system to deliver superior protection and warranties. If you’re in need of an experienced, trusted roofing or gutter company in the Columbus, Ohio region, don’t hesitate to call Muth & Company for a free estimate at (614) 682-3060 today!

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