Sacramento General Contractor Shows Signs of Water Leak Inside Walls and Ceiling
Are you concerned about signs of water leaks inside your walls and ceiling? There are some signs of water leaking that can be detected before the problem gets serious. While any plumbing leak is not desirable, those that are hidden can cause the most damage if not found early.
The leaks we will be discussing can be seen before any water is found in the room. In the picture shown, there are three areas that have been found in Sacramento bathroom which had a plumbing leak above the bathroom. It is important to note that there was no evidence of water anywhere in this bathroom until the walls and ceiling were opened up.
Each of the three signs of water leaks will be addressed in the series.
Water trapped in the ceiling paint – Area A
This first spot is literally a puddle of water that is hanging from the ceiling. Since bathrooms in Sacramento typically have a Gloss or Semi-Gloss finish, water cannot escape through the paint. If water is on top of the ceiling drywall, it will find a hole, seam, or any low point to fill. Since drywall, joint compound, and texture are all not water resistant they will absorb the moisture and start to fall apart.
The water has worked its way through a weak point and will now rest against the painted surface. The latex paint has some elasticity and will stretch as the water fills. Since the paint cannot hang on to the wet material it starts to separate more and more from the drywall; this allows more room for additional water. This will continue until it gets too heavy for the paint. At that time the bubble will burst and water will dump into the room.
That is exactly what has happened in this Sacramento bathroom, we were called before the bubble had burst. We poked a hole to drain the bubble and collected it in a bucket. Since we were contacted early, there was no personal property damage. We were able to open the ceiling and fix the leak.
If you see something that may be a sign of a water leak, contact a qualified contractor to at least examine the area. It is best to address the potential problem before it gets much worse.
The two other signs of water leak inside the walls and ceiling will be addressed in a future post.
Three typical signs of a plumbing leak inside the wall or ceiling?
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