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Question DetailsAsked on 3/12/2015

How do you fix a leaking bathroom ceiling?

Last night I notice water leaking from my bathroom ceiling. It's a very small hole, the bathroom is below my roof deck. The home is 5 or 6 years old. It's rain before and I've never had this happen.

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IF you can get up in the attic (if accessible) you should be able to confirm if this is a roof leak as opposed to a leaking pipe or air conditioner, if you have those in the attic. Air conditioners sometimes, pipes rarely.

Also, if you have had unusually cold weather below say 10 degrees or so confirm this is not water leaking out of the bathroom fan, because in very cold weather the moist interior air going up into the fan when it is off can condense in the ducting, either dripping down as condensate, or frosting up and then dripping down when the fan is turned on and more warm air blows through the duct, melting the frost.

If none of the above or you are not able to determine, you need a roofer - and if there is a deck over the roof and/or it is a flat roof I would make sure the one you select has a thermal infrared camera to help detect the leak point without having to remove the deck (assuming you meant there is a deck built over the roof).

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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