You head downstairs and, to your dismay, discover that your basement ceiling is wet. How did this happen? Water damage to a basement ceiling can be caused by several different issues: Pipe and appliance leaks, improper upstairs window seals, poor home exterior water drainage or a sudden spill could all be the culprit.
Cleaning up the initial mess isn’t necessarily difficult, but to fix the problem for good and fully remediate water damaged materials, you must find the source! Not sure the cause of your water damage woes?
Read on to learn about some of the most common causes of a water-damaged basement ceiling, and how to get the professional help you need.
Why Is My Basement Ceiling Wet?
So, you’ve detected water damage on your basement ceiling, but where did it come from? The likely suspects include:
- Pipe Leaks
Faulty plumbing is often the root cause of water damage to a basement ceiling. Pipes can leak from high water pressure, corrosion, extreme temperature changes and faulty appliances. The culprit may also be a toilet with a poor or deteriorated wax gasket seal, a tub with a defective faucet, plumbing or aging caulk seals.
- Broken or Improper Window Seals
Another potential cause is improperly sealed windows. A settling foundation and varying temperatures over the years can cause window seals to deteriorate or the window itself to become misaligned. An incorrectly installed window could also be the origin of your water leaking woes. Moisture from window leaks can seep into the walls and floors above the basement, eventually working its way down.
- Poor Water Drainage
Water that is not adequately drained away from the dwelling has potential to leak into the basement from above. This could be caused by poorly aligned or debris-clogged downspouts, deficient grading of surrounding property or landscaping, or weak footing drains.
- Sudden Spills and Accidents
Life happens. Sudden spills, accidents or the overturning of a large quantity of water or liquid can work its way through the floors and result in a water-damaged basement ceiling. For those with pets in the home, that family companion could also be the culprit. Repeated pet accidents in the same location can result in a wet basement ceiling.
What Can I Do About a Wet Basement Ceiling?
Once you’ve discovered water damage, it’s time to remediate the damage and restore your home. Water damage should always be addressed by a water-damage specialist. Your local Rainbow International technicians are IICRC-certified and equipped with the tools and knowledge to identify the cause, restore your home and mitigate the risk of future water damage.
Choose Rainbow International for Water Damage Restoration
If your home or business has suffered from water damage, don’t wait. Water damage may spread and cause mold within hours. Call (855) 724-6269 or request an appointment online to get started, today!
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