Water is one of the most powerful elements in nature. It carved out the Grand Canyon and the Columbia River Gorge. When water is able to seep through your roof, it will not stop and the flow will only increase. In the meantime, you will start to accumulate water damage in your ceiling.
Risk of Mold
Mold is always a concern where water damage is concerned. When water is able to seep in through the roof and find a place to pool above the ceiling, it will soon become a home for mold and mildew spores that can proliferate virtually anywhere. The longer the water is allowed to sit, the more mold is likely to grow and flourish. Above a ceiling is a particularly good place for mold – it’s dark and fairly cool. If you find a damaged spot in your roof, begin seeking out the water damage, because it is likely there.
Clean and Dry
If you find a roof leak, you’ll need to get to work repairing the damage to your ceiling. Be sure to clean and dry the affected area using a wet-dry vac, removing any insulation, and thoroughly inspecting the area. Since water streams can split, make sure to inspect a wide area around the roof leak. There may be more than one spot of damage, or the damage might show up in a place you didn’t expect. If possible, run a fan and/or a dehumidifier above the ceiling to mitigate the damage. A HEPA air filter can also help eradicate mold spores from further proliferating.
Once the water has formed a stain in the living area, it is necessary to replace that part of the ceiling. A professional sheet-rock company can expertly cut out the affected area and replace it. Be sure that they inspect the ceiling joists to make sure that the water has not begun to cause rot there. If mold was allowed to form on the plywood, make sure that it is all cleaned away. Remember that some molds eat wood, so the boards may be weakened. If you question the integrity of the wood, have an expert inspect this vital part of your home’s framework. If the mold infestation was only superficial, wipe the boards down with a vinegar solution and ensure that they are fully dry before you close the ceiling up again.