Causes of Ceiling Leaks

Water damage on ceiling

Buckling plaster, discoloration, and dripping water are all signs of ceiling leaks. And if not handled correctly, it can lead to structural damage and mold growth.

However, before stopping the leaks and restoring your ceiling, you must know the underlying cause of the leaks. As such, you can prevent future issues.

What causes ceiling leaks?

Generally, leaks occur because of damage to the roof. However, that damage can take on different forms.


A hole in the roof will act as an entry point for water. The water will flow right into the ceiling and eventually inside the house. Holes in the roof occur when you fail to take care of your roof. Also, they can happen if something damages the roof.

Another way your roof can get holes is by putting or removing objects from the roof. For instance, taking down an old satellite dish or antenna. If you remove something from the roof, ensure all the holes get patched.

Cracked Flashing

Flashings are thin metal strips that get installed under shingles and on the roof joints to create a waterproof barrier. They can be either exposed or concealed. When they break, they often feature large cracks.

Cracking of flashing occurs when the tar that joins them corrodes over time. Cracked flashing will allow moisture to seep into the house. If a cracked flashing is the source of the leak, pry up the nails and lift the shingles out of the way. Then remove the cracked flashing and replace it with a new one.

The Chimney

Sure, what better way to cause a water leak in the roof than making a large hole. That’s what a chimney aperture is. If not sealed properly and protected, a chimney stack can become a major cause of roof and ceiling leaks.

Stuffed Gutter

If the gutter gets blocked by leaves and other debris, the water can’t drain. As a result, water will flow back onto the roof. Clean your gutters regularly to ensure water can flow down and away.


A skylight provides light in an attic or in homes where there’s limited natural light. However, sometimes they may leak if the hole doesn’t fit the skylight exactly. Also, the insulation around the skylight can deteriorate over time and allow water to flow in. In case you notice staining at the edges of a skylight, get it checked out.

How can a restoration company restore ceiling leaks?

Ceiling leak repair and restoration requires the services of trained professionals, so it’s best to seek the help of a restoration company. Restoration companies will quickly act on the causes of the leak, preventing structural damage and mold growth.

When it comes to restoration services, Integrity is an expert advisor. With over 18 years in the field, the company fully understands the stress and anxiety homeowners feel when their ceilings get damaged.

If you require restoration services and ceiling leak repair, feel free to contact Integrity Restoration at 770-966-9987.