Is water leaking from your ceiling at your Chicago property? We can help.
You hear it when you walk into the room. You might feel it too. You look up. Water is dripping from the ceiling and pooling on the floor. With luck, you’ve caught the ceiling leak early. If not, you’re looking at extensive water damage.
Not sure what to do or who to call? Let the water damage ceiling repair experts at ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba in Chicago, IL take care of the problem.
You can count on our emergency services for a fast, efficient one-stop solution to restore your ceiling to its original, structurally sound condition.
You can count on us for fast, efficient one-stop solutions that restore your ceiling to its original, structurally sound condition. You can trust us to also address and eliminate the potential for mold outbreaks.
We proudly serve Chicago and the suburbs, including North Shore. Our teams help homeowners with water damage emergencies in Evanston, Glenview, Northbrook, Skokie and all of Chicagoland. We take care of businesses and large commercial properties too.
Why Is Water Leaking From My Ceiling?
Most Chicago property owners are caught off guard by water dripping through the ceiling. It’s a situation we address on a regular basis for residential and commercial customers.
When our technicians arrive on the scene, we’re often asked, “Why is water leaking from my ceiling?”
As restoration professionals with more than 85 years of combined experience, we know there are multiple answers.
Typically, water raining down from the ceiling is caused by one of these problems:
- Roof leaks, damaged flashing or clogged gutters
- Clogged AC condensate lines or cracked drip pans
- Frozen pipes in the attic that burst and thaw
- Faulty connections or components in overhead plumbing
- Old weather stripping and bad seals around upstairs windows
- Leaking tubs, sinks and toilets in upstairs bathrooms
.4 Signs of Water Damage on Chicago, IL Ceilings
Not all ceiling leaks result in water raining down on interior floors. For example, a small drip from pipes inside the ceiling can go unnoticed. Leaks might be intermittent due to fluctuating water pressure or improper attic ventilation.
Eventually, the problem becomes apparent. These are four sure signs of water slowly damaging your ceiling.
1. Ceiling Cracks – A water-damaged ceiling often develops hairline cracks that spread in spiderweb patterns or straight lines. As the small crevices grow, they weaken ceiling materials.
2. Discolored Water Stains – Water stains on ceilings appear as odd shaped patches that grow over time. Damaged areas can be almost any color, but they’re usually gray, brown or green.
3. Flaking Paint – Ceiling paint that begins to peel or chip can be another clue to overhead water problems. You might notice small flakes of paint on floors and carpets below the damaged area.
4. Sags in the Ceiling – Never ignore small sags in ceiling drywall or tiles. They might not be obvious at first, but they’re sure signs of serious water damage and possible ceiling collapse.
Don’t take any chances with a ceiling that doesn’t look right. Give us a call here at ServiceMaster by Zaba right away. We address small leaks, and we can bring in certified plumbers you can trust to handle large repair jobs.
What to Do if Water Is Leaking Through Your Ceiling?
When water leaks from the ceiling, there are several things you need to do immediately.
Our technicians are on the scene within 90 minutes of your call, but we recommend taking the following precautions before we arrive:
1. Turn off overhead lights, lamps and any other electronics in the room.
Power Tip: Always put personal safety first. You may want to turn off the electricity to the affected room or the entire house at the breaker box.
2. Move furniture out of the way or protect it with plastic or vinyl coverings.
3. Line buckets or large bowls with small rags to minimize splashing.
4. Set the containers under the heaviest leaks coming from the ceiling.
5. Use a mop or old towels to soak up as much water as possible.
6. Make a small hole in the center of the ceiling leak to keep it from spreading.
Power Tip: Be careful on the ladder as you make a hole to drain the ceiling. Don’t attempt this last tip if the ceiling is bulging excessively. Instead, stay out of the area and let our teams handle it.
The ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba Difference:
- 85 years of combined restoration experience
- Guaranteed response time of under 90 minutes
- We manage your insurance claims
- Licensed, bonded, insured, IICRC certified
- We answer your call the first time
- Friendly customer service
Call Us Now for an Immediate Response to Your Leaking Ceiling
A ceiling leak in your Chicago home can quickly become dangerous and create electrical hazards. Water leaking from the ceiling in your workplace can shut down business indefinitely.
Call us right away. Let our industry-certified technicians take care of everything. Our ceiling water damage services include ceiling repair and complete restoration. We clean and restore water-damaged interiors and contents too.
When water leaks through your ceilings, you want Chicago’s best water damage restoration professionals. We’re ready for your call: 773-647-1985
A plumber can fix the root cause of your water-damaged ceiling, but he doesn’t have the expertise it takes to dry, sanitize and repair a ceiling after water damage. Many ceilings contain electrical wiring, gas lines or ductwork, and all that infrastructure requires a careful approach. Our highly trained, experienced technicians know how to safely repair leaks and completely restore ceilings.
Stay safe by turning off the electricity supply to affected areas. Poke holes in any ceiling bulges, and let the water drain into large buckets. Call your insurance carrier as well as a water damage restoration specialist.
In most cases, yes. Your homeowners policy covers leaks as long as they’re not the result of neglected maintenance or natural flooding. The same type of coverage is also available to condo owners.
Cost depends on several factors including the extent of ceiling damage and secondary water damage to walls and floors. You also have to factor in necessary plumbing repairs. Contact us to request an estimate.
No, you can’t paint over a water-damaged ceiling without prepping it first. The source of the water damage must be repaired and damaged ceiling material must be replaced. Otherwise, leaks continue, stains spread, and the ceiling damage gets worse.
A water-damaged ceiling should be repaired and restored as soon as possible. Water in the ceiling compromises its structural integrity and impacts your home’s electrical system. You also risk mold growth in the ceiling that contaminates the house with unhealthy airborne spores.