We Just Moved In,
This Spot Wasn't Here on Thursday!
In all the years of working in apartment communities throughout Sacramento, this is something a bit out of the ordinary. It's not that water damage in the ceiling of an apartment is unusual, it happens quite often. I get calls for water damage repair in ceilings all the time.
This was strange because the tenant just moved in and then the spot appeared. It wasn't there last week when the painters were there. No discoloration, or wet spot, or anything. Any moisture would be coming from the unit above.
So it is time to open it up and find some answers to this mystery spot. A spot that not only was wet but already turning black on the surface. So how do I go about finding out what happened? First, we open up the area of drywall that is discolored.
There are many things to look into here and until it is opened, I would only be speculating. But I do have some educated guesses. Repairing drywall that is wet from leaking for many years has giving me some common causes for the damage.
I will need to talk to the tenants above for some clues, it may be a shower that doesn't get used regularly but has been lately. One thing I an convenced of; judging by the discoloration this is not the first time that it has leaked. My guess is that the area was cleaned up and paint a while ago, the new water source brought the black growth back to life.