Sagging drywall, discoloration, or buckling plaster may have you thinking that the ceiling itself is leaking. Water coming from the ceiling is a symptom of some other home system that is leaking. When the ceiling shows signs of water damage and dripping water, the place to look is either the roofing system or the plumbing system.

Identify roofing system leaks. Roofing system leaks will make themselves known through other systems:

  • The leaking occurs during or shortly after a rainfall. The roof is the place to look for the source.
  • If there is active water dripping it will be brown or dirty if it comes from the roof.
  • In the attic, you may find damp and soggy insulation. Look for areas of insulation that show signs of wetness. If you spot damp insulation pull it back and examine the drywall or plaster.
  • Another source of water damage or leaks coming from the ceiling is a problem with plumbing pipes or plumbing fixtures in your home.
  • Plumbing leaks can be tricky. There are several ways to determine what is leaking from the bathroom kitchen or plumbing fixture. It is best to do a visual inspection before you ever decide to open floors, walls, or ceilings.
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