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Is Your Ceiling Damp? What to Do?

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of damp ceiling as a result of unrepaired water damage. This local homeowner recently found themselves with a damp ceiling in their kitchen and called our team to help with the restoration process.

Have you recently glanced up at your ceiling and seen what looks like a shadow and touched it only to realize it’s a damp spot? Or wondered when one spot of your ceiling transformed into a popcorn ceiling with little dots or bubbles all over it? 

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but either of those are signs that you have water in your ceiling, or too much moisture in the room that has nowhere to escape. The moisture issue typically happens in a room with a lot of humidity, like your bathroom or a closet that has an outside wall. 

Note: If your damp ceiling is due to a leak in your roof, or a burst pipe, your first priority should be to fix that by calling a roofer or plumber because that’s not an issue of moisture not being able to escape the room. You don’t want to leave it and have to deal with unrepaired water damage

Here’s what you should do if you think it’s a moisture issue before calling in your local Massachusetts water damage restoration pros to evaluate and remediate your water damage situation. 

  • Invest in a dehumidifier for the room and leave it running (emptying it frequently) to dry out the room
  • Aim a fan directly at the spot on the ceiling where you’ve seen moisture
  • Do you keep the door of this room closed most of the time? Open it more often to let the air and moisture circulate instead of getting stuck in the room
  • Open the windows of the room when you can for further air circulation and moisture reduction 
  • Does this room have an outside wall? Add further insulation to the room above and below the room 

Have you not noticed the moisture or damp ceiling until it became a mold or water damage issue? Contact us here at SERVPRO of Stoneham / Wakefield for an assessment of your water damage in Massachusetts. We offer a six-step water damage restoration process.

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