How to Address Water Damage on the Ceiling Under the Bathroom
There are many ways that the ceiling below the bathroom can get water damaged but it usually has to do with a leak. Leaks from the bathroom can occur due to improperly fitted or old seals, drains, or pipes that let water go around the barrier and leak into your ceiling. Home and business owners will notice the water damage via staining, peeling, or cracks in the ceiling. It can be costly to fix these damages, so it is best to avoid them in the first place.
Here are some ways to prevent water damage in your bathroom:
- Regularly check your plumbing:
Pipes can rust and leak over time so you should make sure to have the pipes inspected and if you notice musty smells or water
stains, there are things you should check:
- Check valves for the toilet, shower, and sink.
- Check faucet supply lines and replace if needed.
- Replace caulking around tubs, sinks, and showers if it is old or deteriorating.
- Look out for stains on the walls, bubbling walls, musty smells, and extra moisture.
- Do routine maintenance checking of piping and get it replaced as needed.
- Make sure your toilet is not overworked:
Water damage in bathrooms is usually caused by overflowing toilets. Keep an eye on small kids to ensure they do not clog the toilet. These are a few tips to avoid toilet overflow:
- If you have a septic tank, you should only be using septic-safe toilet paper.
- Only toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet to avoid clogging.
- Always watch for the toilet water level. If the water level is low, that could signal that it is somewhat clogged, or the toilet bowl is cracked.
- Maintain your toilet by checking caulking and looking for cracks in the porcelain.
- Do maintenance of your shower:
- Replace your tub or shower if you notice damage.
- Repair caulking to prevent water damage.
- Replace shower curtains if they are torn and shower doors if they have bad seals.
- Dry the floor and drain the water from the tub to prevent damage from sitting water.
- Use the exhaust fan after every shower to get rid of extra moisture.
If you are faced with water damage to your ceiling, here are the steps you should take to fix it:
- Get the situation under control:
Make sure to get everything out of the way and use a vessel such as a bucket or a tarp to get all the dripping water. Usually, the drywall absorbs or disperses the water, so it is important to control where the water is coming from in the ceiling. It is best to control the water leak by creating a small hole at the center of the leak with a sharp object such as a screwdriver.
- Find the source of the water leak and repair it:
Be aware that water travels quickly and far in a home when there is a leak so you will need to figure out if it is coming from the roof, a leaking drain, or a loose supply line and try to stop it. When dealing with a bathroom ceiling leak, you will need to check various places for leaks. This includes the water supply to the sink, the wax ring beneath the toilet, and the supply line to the toilet. Test the seals for moisture. When you have figured out the leak, make sure to shut off the water and remove any moisture from the floor.
- Keep everyone away from the water leak area:
At times, water leaks will damage the bathroom floor and make it unsafe to walk on. Everyone in the household should be aware of the danger and stay away from the area until it is fixed.
- Dry the water damaged area:
It is crucial to get any water damaged areas dry. This is because mold forms due to wetness behind the drywall. If it is a smaller leak, it may dry by itself while with a larger leak, you may have to cut the ceiling and dry it with a fan.
- Fix the ceiling:
You may have to repaint the whole ceiling or just fix the area where the hole was. You may need to remove the damaged drywall as opposed to trying to dry it.
- Call professional services:
If you have a brown spot or a large stain on your ceiling, it is important to call a professional water restoration company to help. They can evaluate the damage, figure out where the leak is coming from, and help you fix it. If you are not yet dealing with major damage due to a leak, it is a good idea to have the professionals to evaluate your floors and find any hidden leaks and any other damage.
The bathroom is one of the biggest sources of water damage in a home and it is important for homeowners to watch out for potential water damage coming from the bathroom, including on the ceiling below it. In minor cases, you may be able to address the damage yourself, but it is usually best to call a water damage restoration professional. These professionals can thoroughly dry and restore water damaged materials and search for hidden damage that may be easy for you to miss. Duraclean provides mold and water damage restoration for the homes and businesses of Cherry Hill, , Maple Shade, Southampton Township, and the surrounding areas of Burlington County and Camden County, NJ.