Your ceiling and the walls of your bathroom or kitchen might have water spots because your pipes are leaking. What should you do? Your first priority should be to find every damaged or damp spot on your walls if you hope to find the source of the leaks.
Damp Walls are a Pain
There can be several reasons why your pipes are leaking. Your copper pipes may have gone past their prime. Copper pipes do not last forever. They may be built to last for twenty five years but water chemistry can cause them to spring leaks when you least expect it.
Damp walls are sure to do a number of your paintwork. Leaky pipes can blister the paint and ruin the wallpaper that you worked so hard on. When water gets between the paint and the wall, it separates the two and causes the paint to fall out in pieces. Wallpaper doesn’t fare any better. Needless to say, it’s best that you find the source of the leaks before you even think of entertaining.
Stained, buckled or cracked flooring around your sink, toilet, or tub may be other signs of leaky pipes especially if you haven’t seen rain in ages. Once drywall comes into contact with moisture, it begins to bubble and warp. If your floor is wet, it might mean that the water has reached the ceiling or is now dripping out of the walls itself. It is also possible to find water stains far away from your bathroom, kitchen or any other source of water in your home. Don’t be surprised if the ceiling below the bathroom starts dripping either.
Time is of the Essence!
Damp walls are disasters waiting to happen if you do not fix your internal pipes immediately. Leaky pipes are nothing to scoff at. What seem like pinhole leaks might turn into raging torrents if you delay. Check out our other blog post if you want to know what the next step is if water is ruining your walls and ceiling.