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What You Should Do If You Have a Water-Damaged Ceiling
If you notice water is leaking through your ceiling or you spot signs of water damage (like mold or stains), it’s crucial that a trusted ceiling water damage repair company before you take any other actions.
DIY ceiling repairs are not recommended. If you try to repair your ceiling without identifying the true source of the water intrusion, the damage will worsen over time.
There is very likely much more water in the cavities of your home than what is visible to the naked eye, and an ongoing leak can lead to structural damage and mold growth.
Restoration companies use specialized equipment, like infrared cameras, that help them accurately detect the true source of water damage.
With that said, there are some steps you can take to minimize the damage and protect your property while you’re waiting for the pros to arrive.
Step 1: Identify the Water Source
Identifying the true source of the leak is tricky because water can flow for quite some distance before it becomes visible.
For instance, water might be leaking through the ceiling in the living room, but it could have originated from an attic leak or from a broken pipe in another room.
While it’s hard to spot the source of the leak using only the naked eye, there are some clues you can look for.
Identifying Roof Leaks
- Is the ceiling directly below an attic?
- Is the water brown or dirty?
- Does it leak during or after a rainfall?
- Is the insulation in your attic damp or soggy?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then there’s a good chance the leak is coming from the roof.
Identifying Plumbing Leaks
- Does the leak or water damage appear beneath a bathroom or another room where you know water pipes are located?
- Is the water clear?
- Does it leak at a steady rate and seems never-ending?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you’re likely dealing with a plumbing system leak.
Step 2: Stop the Water (If You Can)
If you’re dealing with a plumbing leak, you can shut off the main water supply to stop the flow of water while you’re waiting for professionals to arrive.
If the leak is coming from the roof, you’ll most likely need to contact a professional roof leak repair company.
Yes, most DIYer’s can handle patching a small area of damage. However, roof leak repairs are nothing to take lightly, since they involve working many feet above the ground.
Step 3: Clean Up Water
Grab a bucket and place it underneath the leak to catch the water. Also, place down a tarp or towels beneath the bucket to prevent your flooring from getting wet.
If water is leaking on the walls, use a towel wipe down the excess moisture.
Step 4: Move Belongings
Move furniture and other belongings to an unaffected area of the home to prevent them from getting damaged.
Step 5: Gather Evidence of the Ceiling Water Damage
Take photos or videos of the source of the water, the water damaged ceiling, and any other affected belongings.
This will help during the insurance process later on.
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The quick answer: Mostly yes, but it depends on the cause.
Most insurance policies cover water damage resulting from “sudden and accidental” causes. This means insurers will cover the costs, if, for example, if your upstairs pipe breaks and you need ceiling repairs.
The same also goes for leaks. Let’s say, a malfunctioning AC unit caused water to seep through the ceiling cavities, but you didn’t notice it until a stain appeared. Insurance companies will still likely accept your claim if you take action as soon as you notice the water damage.
Insurance companies don’t expect you to rip out your drywall periodically to check for leaks or water damage. They understand it’s impossible to know you have a problem until the water damage is visible to the naked eye.
With that said, insurance companies will have less sympathy if they can prove the damage resulted from negligence.
For instance, let’s say you noticed there was a ceiling leak and you only decided to deal with it after mold started growing many months later. In this scenario, they will most likely deny your claim
If you have questions about the insurance process, call us now. As a restoration company, we negotiate with insurance companies all the time and can help you maximize your insurance claim.
Each water damage case is different from the next. Because of this, there isn’t a fixed cost for ceiling water damage repairs.
First, you must address the water that’s causing the issue. Roof leak repairs cost $800 on average. Plumbing repairs run between $350 and $2,000.
Then, you need to factor in the cost of the ceiling repair itself. The average cost to repair a water-damaged ceiling ranges between $1,000 to $3,000.
Again, the prices listed above are just general figures. The actual costs you receive can increase or decrease depending on certain factors.
So that you can better understand your bill, we’ve given you an inside peek at the factors that ceiling water damage repair companies use to determine their estimates.
Cost Factor #1: Water Source
Water damage repair companies rank the type of water they’re dealing with by the level of hazards associated with it.
PRO TIP: If you have a roof leak or a broken pipe causing the ceiling water damage, you’re likely dealing with clean water.
- Clean water: This water contains little to no hazards and is the cheapest to remove. Like we stated above, it usually comes from a leaking pipe. The cleanup cost for this is $3.75 per square foot.
- Grey water: The source of this water is usually from a dishwasher or toilet overflow and can sometimes contain chemicals or urine. Because the risk factors are slightly increased and require some safety equipment, the cleanup costs range around $4.50 per square foot.
- Black water: This source of water is extremely dangerous to handle and usually comes from sewage backups. Cleanup costs are around $7 per square foot.
Cost Factor #2: Amount of Water
The height and distance the water spread will help determine the price. For example, extracting a few inches of water that was contained in a small area is cheaper than drying an entire house that suffered from a flood.
Cost Factor #3: Extent of Water Damage
The more damage done, the higher the cost. Cutting out and replacing a small water-damaged ceiling patch will be much cheaper than restoring a sagging ceiling that suffered extensive structural damage.
Cost Factor #4: Ceiling Materials
The type of reconstruction materials used plays a significant role in the final bill. For instance, if you need to replace specialty materials, like coffered ceilings or decorative wood beams, it’s going to cost a lot more than using standard materials, like drywall or sheetrock.