Looking up and seeing a large wet spot on your ceiling, or even worse, a stream of water pouring through, is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a homeowner. What do you do when your roof is clearly damaged, the insulation in the ceiling is filled with moisture, and dirty water is dripping onto your floor? Well, the answer is actually quite simple: call SERVPRO! Of course, there are some steps you can take to lessen the damage, or even in some cases, repair the area on your own.
If water is spreading across the ceiling, you usually want to actually allow the water through before it spreads through your ceiling and damages a larger area of drywall. It’s better to poke a hole in the ceiling and let water come down through that area, otherwise it will do more damage and be harder to control. Place a bucket and towel underneath the drip area and monitor the situation. You’ll then need to find out the source of the leakage, whether it’s from a compromised roof, a leaky pipe, or something else. You may need to remove part of the ceiling or call a professional to help you.
In order to prevent mold or damage from moisture, you’ll need to remove the affected portion of the ceiling and dry it out with a fan. At SERVPRO, we provide dehumidifiers and professional equipment that will help pinpoint areas of moisture and take care of the issue. You’ll then need to replace the drywall. Of course, we’re happy to help with any of these steps and guarantee your ceiling will be restored at the highest standard. If you have any water damage, whether from a leaky ceiling or a flash flood, SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe is here to help, available 24/7 for emergency services. Give us a call at (847) 498-8889