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Question DetailsAsked on 9/23/2016

our ceiling is leaking water

We live in a single story house a dot isn't raining and our ceiling is dripping water

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Answered 4 years ago by Member Services


Four normal sources for that:

1) rain - and can take a number of hours for a leak to work its way through the roofing and to trickle through insulation and such in some cases so drip can sometimes be delayed several hours from when the rain first penetrated the roofing, and can trickle on for a couple to few hours afterwards if absorbent insulation got wet - but obviously if it has not rained in the past say 1/2 day or less, not that source.

2) leaking water pipe - some one-story houses on slab foundations, especially in warmer parts of the country without freezing conditions, run water pipes through the attic. Certainly one would expect the drip/leak to be fairly uniform and continuing in this case. Plumbing would be the normal Search the List vendor to use for this type of repair. If you can get up in attic, check attic flooring or insulation in the leak area to see if wet - you might be able to trace to a leaking pipe. My recommendation - if rooting around in wet insulation, turn off main household breaker power first in case the water got an electrical connection box wet - remote possibility of the wet insulation/wood being "live" - rare but I have heard of it.

3) if you have an attic air conditioner - then the condensate drain pan and/or drain tube may be plugged up or broken/corroded through, causing condensate overflow to leak down through your ceiling. Heating and A/C contractor would be the one to fix this. Assuming you are physically able to get up in the attic you should be able to see pretty easily if the condensate is draining down into the pan and tube OK, or getting out of control - though it drains off condensate only during and immediately after an AC operating cycle.

4) something liquid stored in the attic and the container has leaked due to winter freezing or plastic aging due to heating/cooling cycles, or got tipped over. Large snowglobes and lava lamps commonly break as stuff is put into and taken out of attic or if they freeze - and the larger ones can rarely have enough liquid in them to make it through the ceiling.

And of course, once the leak source is found and fixed, either DIY or get a Handyman to repair any drywall/plaster ceiling damage and prime and repaint - or for higher-end finishes a Plasterer or Drywall contractor then a Painter (or Carpenter - Woodworking if wood finished ceiling). May also need DIY or Handyman to remove the wet insulation and dry it out and replace it; or to replace with new insulation to be done with quickly.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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