What To Do When Your Ceiling Floods

Posted on: 23 February 2019

When the average person thinks about a home flood, the idea of water rushing across the floor comes to mind, but sometimes the water comes from above. A ceiling leak can occur from a multitude of different problems, such as a burst pipe, an overflowing bathtub or a problem with the roof. No matter the source of the water, it's essential you know what to do. 

1. Head Upstairs

If you have a multi-story home, go upstairs right away to discover the source of the water. Provided the leak is not the result of a roof issue, you should be able to cut off the water supply and significantly minimize the risk of further damage. 

If the source of the water is not something as visible as an overfilling bathtub or sink, turn off the main water valve to your home to cut off the flow of all water. Keep the water off until you have a professional come to your house and determine the source of the water.

2. Exercise Caution

If the water from upstairs has made its way through the ceiling of the lower level, it's safe to say that the subflooring upstairs in the area of the flood is damaged. As a result, the floor might not be as sturdy as it once was. It's best to stay out of the area until repairs are performed as walking on the floor could pose a severe safety hazard. 

You should also block off the area below the ceiling flood as the ceiling could fall through. However, make sure you remove any salvageable items from the area first.

3. Ventilate your Home

While you wait for a restoration professional to come out to your home and assess and repair the damage, it's a good idea to ventilate your home in the process. In many instances, the water is just the first level of damage. The problems that excess moisture cause, such as mold, is the real problem. 

Ventilating both the room where the flood occurred and the room where the ceiling is damaged is a good idea. If the flood occurs during the summer when the air is naturally more humid, you need to install a temporary dehumidifier instead. 

It does not matter if the leak is small or large, you need the skill of a water damage restoration professional to help you repair the damage. Make sure you get help as soon as possible.