One of the hardest aspects of having a two-story home is that leaks can occur from above you, not just below you. Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t a reason to only purchase or live in ranch-style homes. We love the aesthetic and the quality of life that comes from living in a two or three-story home, but there’s a lot of consideration that needs to be given to your plumbing system as a result.
So, if you’re terrified of the idea of dealing with a ceiling leak, don’t worry. They happen sometimes and they’re a result of things like pipe leaks, clogs, burst pipes, and other issues with plumbing in Doylestown, PA. Not only can our team fix the issue, but we’re going to tell you about what you can do to help while you wait for one of our plumbers to show up.
Let’s get to work!
Shut the Water Off
The nice part about dealing with a ceiling leak is that gravity is working on your side. It might seem like the water is coming down which sounds counterproductive when we say that, but bear with us. The water needs to travel up through your plumbing system in order to get to the location where it’s leaking. When you shut the water off, there’s no chance the leak will continue coming from your ceiling as long as you act fast.
In general, when you’re dealing with a leak of any kind, shutting the water off to your home can work regardless of where it’s coming from. So this is always a good step to take first and it will help relieve stress when the leak stops.
Determine the Precise Location
Ceiling leaks can be difficult to detect because they often drip through multiple areas before they get into the downstairs and are noticed. Try to follow the clues and do some reconnaissance. Where do you think the leak originated? What are some points of water use (like bathrooms or upstairs kitchens) on the second floor that could be causing this leak?
Once you’ve got a basic idea of where the leak is coming from, it’ll make it easier when we get to the next step in this process.
Call for Help
Many homeowners mistakenly think the next step when dealing with a ceiling leak is to start fixing it. While this would be the case if you were a licensed master plumber, it’s not the case in this instance. You’re going to want to call for help.
You’ve got to be careful when trying to repair a leak. Untrained hands can be clumsy, online tutorials could be wrong, and you might end up doing more damage to your plumbing system than help. When you call for a professional and point us in the right direction, we’ll make sure we get everything fixed by the book. We promise that you’ll be satisfied with the results and you won’t be dealing with a leak later that night after we’ve left.
If you’re dealing with a ceiling leak, call Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling to have it fixed.