My Ceiling is Leaking, What Do I do?

The most important thing is, Don’t Panic! A leaky ceiling can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare as there is normally very little warning before a leak makes its presence known. In a leaks early stages, it can be hard to determine that cause of the leak, as well as how serious the issue may be. Below is a short list of tips and advice to identify and maintain a leaky ceiling.

Assess The Issue

This is an important topic to address as we are in the midst of the rainiest part of the year in New England. The first important questions to address is what kind of leak is it? The most common sources of a ceiling leak are clogged gutters, leaky pipes, a leaky roof, leaking appliances, such as a bathtub, dishwasher, or sink. By determining the origin of the leak this will give you important insight as to how serious the leak may be, as well as what the next best step may be.

Determine the Level of Damage

Some important indicators of a leak can be discoloration on your ceiling or drywall, bubbles forming, cracking/peeling paint, mold or the smell of mold. If you have shingles on your roof that are loose or moldy, it is normally a good indication that your roof may be the cause. It is also important to note of any appliances you may have above the leak as that can provide insight that you may have an issue with your pipes. More often than not it is best to let a professional accurately determine that cause of the leak, but having an idea can help prevent any future damage in your home.

Temporary Solutions for a Leaky Ceiling

If you have discovered a leak but cannot get immediate service out to your home, here are some quick solutions to controlling the leak. These tips are primarily to reduce additional damage in your home and are not intended to stop a leak outright, it can help to greatly reduce water damage in your home, thus buying you additional time before a water damage specialist can assist.


This suggestion may seem like a given, but if you have a leak that is steadily dripping into your home, it is better to have it leaking into something than directly on your floor. While it requires constant supervision to reduce the risk of overflowing, this can reduce the level of damage in your home.


If you have noticed water dripping from your ceiling to your wall, a quick way to salvage and reduce the damage is by placing a fan in the area of the damage. This will not stop the water from entering your wall but it will greatly reduce the risk of mold and any other fungus growing in your walls.

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