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Question DetailsAsked on 7/9/2014

I have water damage on my ceiling. How do I know if there is damage beyond just the brown spots on the wall?

Identify the issue was that a stone cap on our facade had blown off and water was able to get in through holes in the cement block. This has created water damage on the ceiling drywall. I want to make sure that there isn't damage between the ceiling and roof. Why should I call to check that out? Is the only way to cut a hole in the drywall and check it out?

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You could cut a hole throgh the roof to inspect - but obviously better to cut into the ceiling than the roof.

You can cut a hole in the ceiling to look, or drill a 1/2" hole and use a fiber optic scope or camera - rent at Home Depot, some auto parts stores, some hardware stores (the ones the rent tools), tool rental places - or buy for about $50 and $80 respectively at Amazon, Harbor Freight, etc. Get color one - B&W just does not show water staining or rot as well as you want. This should let you see if you have rot issues from long-term leakage or not - if this was a one-time issue usually only architectural damage, but if the stone blew off it might have been loose for a long time and leaking through the mortar.

For a professional inspection I would say a roofer.

To repair the spots paint with Kilz or similar stain and mildew coating oil-based paint (water based commonly lets stains through), then paint over with ceiling match paint.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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