Since it is not a common practice to look up in our homes, ceilings often go ignored and unnoticed by most homeowners. They are simply not a priority until they pose a visible problem; then we notice them too much! Ceiling stains are unattractive, and can result from a long list of circumstances. Wildlife infestation, mold and mildew growth, water leaks, chemical spills, and more, are all possible culprits behind unsightly ceiling stains.
So what are your ceiling stains telling you? Your first thought may be that it is an attic or roof problem, while your second thought is probably clouded by anxiety and fear of a costly repair or renovation. Continue reading to put your mind at ease by learning whether or not ceiling stains are indicative of a needed roof repair.
The Source of Ceiling Stains
Moisture is the most common reason why stains in the ceiling appear. That moisture could very well be from a water leak in your roof, but it could also be from a plumbing leak in your walls or attic, or even urine accumulation resulting from a wildlife infestation. Until you find the source of the moisture, you cannot be sure what is causing your ceiling blemishes. Additional causes for stained ceilings and moisture accumulation include old caulk, poorly installed or defective AC ductwork, defective shower pans, defective plumbing piping, insufficient plumbing insulation, chimney cracks, and stucco wall cracks.
Regardless of the actual source, it is imperative that you take action right away after discovering a worsening ceiling stain in your home. In order to protect your home’s structural integrity, as well as your bank account, you need to immediately stop whatever it is that is causing the moisture buildup in your ceilings.
Your roof is one of the most important features of your home, making it one of the most significant investments. For this reason, it is wise to start with your roof to determine if it is the source of the problem. Hire a licensed and insured roofing contractor for professional roof inspection service. They have the proper equipment, knowledge, and resources to implement a comprehensive inspection and assessment of your roof’s overall condition.
Catching a roof problem early on is priceless. It can mean the difference between a minor adjustment or repair, and a large, costly, invasive repair. Once you can cross your roof off the list of possible ceiling stain culprits, you can move onto plumbing and wildlife control inspections.