411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Too hot to handle: How to prep your home for summer

Most of us crave that elusive sun, but when it does come around there are umpteen additional considerations that enter the picture. Of course, if...

on Mar 26, 2019

3 Things to Consider Before Building a New Home

Building a new home is definitely an exciting experience, but it’s also one of the biggest investments you will likely ever make.  In...

on Mar 19, 2019

Load Restraint Systems: Keeping the Roads Safe

It only takes a quick look at the number of accidents caused by trucks with unsecured loads to realise the importance of load restraint systems....

on Mar 18, 2019

7 Best ways to Get Rid of Old Furniture and Old Large Items

Is unwanted furniture taking up space in your attic? Or maybe you are moving, and the idea of transporting old furniture and appliances sickens...

on Mar 17, 2019

How Inclement Weather Can Affect Your Pool

Only a few months into 2019 and it has been the craziest winter on record for a number of years all across the country.  Heavy weather systems...

on Mar 11, 2019

Leaky Ceilings and Telltale Signs of Ongoing Problems

by Guest on Jan 19, 2010

If you have a leak in your ceiling, it's a sure sign that water is getting into your home somewhere. Whether the problem lies in your roof, upstairs indoor plumbing pipes that run overhead downstairs, or chimney problems, you need to find the source of the problem fast to avoid water damage to your home.

Roofing Problems

There are a number of things that can go wrong on your roof that can cause water to leak into your home. If you have an older shingle roof, you might have a missing shingle that got blown off of your roof, or there might be cracks or a missing nail from the roof sheathing. There might also be a problem in one of the valleys on your roof.
If you suspect that your ceiling leak might be caused by a roofing problem, you will need to inspect your roof carefully in the area close to where the leak is occurring, Be careful if you are walking on your roof, not only to avoid falling, but also because walking on the roof can actually cause additional cracking in your roof materials. Other roofing materials commonly used include slate, concrete, or clay tile, so you want to be careful not to damage any of these materials while doing your inspection.

Flashing Problems

Another area to inspect for leaks is the flashings. If you have a roof that stops at a vertical wall, there needs to be a metal flashing to direct the water stream appropriately. These areas can be sometimes troublesome as far as leaks go. Wall step flashings, which you'll find along a vertical wall where the roof climbs against it, is another place you'll want to look for any possible holes or rusted areas that could be causing your leak. You should only be able to see a small portion of the flashing, so if you see more than that, it's a good sign of a problem. You'll also want to check any plumbing vent or furnace vent flashings a well, including checking to make sure the storm collar hasn't come loose. The flashing around the chimney is another prime spot for leaks to occur, as even a hairline crack or small hole in this area can cause water leaks.

Problems Caused by Weather

If an ice dam develops on your roof, this can cause water to back up under the shingles and flashings. This can cause water to drip inside your home once the ice thaws. You can also end up with water problems caused by rain that is driven by the wind. This can drive water under your roofing material, causing a water drip. High winds can also blow shingles completely off of your roof.

Plumbing Issues

Not all water leak problems are caused by your roof. If the ceiling leak is on the downstairs floor, and you have plumbing pipes running overhead that supply the upstairs, you'll want to check any suspect pipes or connections that run close to the area of the ceiling leak as well.

Author

Guest

Guest

Most Recent Articles

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

What to Ask Your Plumber Before They Get Started

It’s tempting to save money by trying to get clever with home improvement and doing it yourself. In some cases, it’s not a bad idea at all,...

Plumbing / Basements

How to Repair Your Forklift Battery

Although in principle forklift batteries are similar to car batteries when it comes down to repairing them the process is very different. In...

Construction / Materials

Oiled vs. Oil-less Air Compressors

When it comes to home handyman projects, nothing beats air-powered tools for certain jobs. But as quick, smooth and efficient as air-powered tools...

Tools / Woodworking

Deep Clean Your Home for Health and Hygiene

Most families regularly clean their whole house: vacuuming carpets, sanitizing countertops, dusting shelves, and scrubbing showers and toilets. But...

Floors / Tile / Hardwood

How to Repair Vertical and Venetian Blinds

Vertical and Venetian blinds are the two most popular kinds of blinds that are used for home decorating. Vertical blinds have vertical slats that...

Windows / Siding

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2019