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Question DetailsAsked on 9/30/2016

the ceiling are cracking in my house is it safe to live here?

There are tiles missing on the roof and our ceiling has falling down in one of the room

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Obviously one can't say from a thousand or more miles away - but generally if the drywall or plaster ceiling is falling in piecemeal due to wetting, might or might not be dangerous (other than drywall falling on your head or bed) - but if the overall ceiling is noticeably sagging (inches, not fractions of an inch) or the ceiling timber joists are visibly sagging, real questionable conditions.

Since you said the ceiling has fallen in one room - you should be able to see clearly if the framing or the plywood/particle board sheathing supporting the roof is sagging, heavily rotten or covered with fungus or if you have roof trusses cracking or coming apart - in which case getting out would be a good idea till it is fixed or at least assessed.

Since this is happening apparently you have significant leakage from the missing tiles - so you are probably looking at roofing repair or replacement (depending on age and overall condition), probably some mold and mildew remediation in the attic, possibly insulation replacement in same locations, and some ceiling repair. Whether structural repairs will have to be done as part of this work will be up to the Structural Engineer.

The right person to answer would be to get a Structural Engineer (your Search the List category) in there to look at it and give an opinion.

Normally, with an asphalt shingle roof I would say move to unaffected rooms or live only downstairs for a few days till the engineer can do his inspection - but with tile roof (MUCH heavier) a roof framing collapse can cause serious damage and injury at least on the top floor - and I have seen tile roof complete collapses (especially with interlocked half-barrel clay tile roofs which weigh a LOT when grouted to hold the tiles in place) go clear through the top floor and collapse the upper living area flooring and partly fall into the second from top floor - so with tile roofing if there is doubt I would play it safe and consider living elsewhere till the inspection and any emergency repairs he recommends are done.

Note I did NOT recommend calling the fire department or city/county building department for their opinion - because with one room ceiling already collapsed they would, by normal building safety standards, be required to condemn the building until fixed. The engineer might do the same thing or might help arrange for emergency temporary supports to allow you to keep living in it - so voluntarily living elsewhere till it is cleared reamins an option in that case.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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