A leaky ceiling can lead to expensive repair work, don't ignore itNoticing a damp patch on your ceiling is one of the biggest indications that there’s an issue with your roof. Don’t worry: there are a number of possible reasons for damp, and they’re usually easy to rectify. There might be a tear in your waterproof seal, for example, or a blocked guttering system that’s not draining rainwater effectively. Excessive moss and algae can also cause damp by growing under the tiles, eventually weakening and lifting them. Chimneys are another common culprit – especially old ones that don’t have damp-proofing solutions in place. Whatever the cause of the damp on your ceiling, here’s how to fix it.

Call a professional roofer as soon as you spot a damp patch

The first thing you should do if you notice damp on your ceiling is contact a professional roofer. It might be tempting to carry out a bit of DIY roofing, but this will likely end up making the problem worse (or failing to address it) and costing you more money. It’s a good idea to call a roofer as soon as you spot the damp, as it can be treated fairly easily in its early stages. If it is left to worsen, damp can cause structural damage to your walls and ceiling – not to mention the cosmetic issues and health risks associated with it.

Professional roofing contractors like South Thames Roofing will provide you with a free, no-obligation quote to help you decide on the best course of action. This might involve a simple clean-up of your guttering system, or could be a larger task like fitting damp-proofing materials or replacing your tiling. If the contractor is happy that your roof is in good condition, and the damp is not being caused by a leak, blockage or other roofing issue, then you should contact a builder to examine your property. They may find that the damp patch is being caused by a leaky pipe that needs repairing, or that you require better ventilation to solve excessive condensation.

Sort the problem before you repaint your ceiling

It’s natural to want to get rid of an unsightly water stain on your ceiling, but this should be the last step of the process. You might find that all your hard work is undone if the problem is ongoing, as the damp will just seep through the new plastering and paintwork. Depending on the seriousness of the damp patch, repainting may not be enough – you might need to have that part of your ceiling replaced after the source of the moisture has been stopped. A professional contractor can advise you on this when they come to inspect the water marks.

If you’ve noticed a damp patch on your ceiling in  contact us today and one of our roofers will be more than happy to help.