Something that is hard to miss, and important not to ignore, is when you have a water stain on the ceiling. The discoloration is much more than just an eyesore, but a sign that something far worse is happening above. Once you find that cause, you must act quickly to fix it to stop that stain from spreading.

A water stain can appear almost anywhere in your house, but there are more common areas that you should look out for. If the stain springs up after a heavy rain, then you want to look at your roof. It is likely that your shingles are crumbling, the waterproofing is failing, or the seals around vents are opening. Patching the leak is possible, but in worst-case scenarios, your roof might need replacing.

Another likely cause for a ceiling stain comes from an upstairs bathroom. Old caulking could allow moisture to seep in, or an overflowing toilet or clogged sink can cause flooding, where the water will find the lowest point possible and make its way through the upstairs floor and into the ceiling.

Making the required repairs is essential to stop the stain from not only getting bigger, but from weakening the ceiling and falling apart. Professional roofers, HVAC technicians, or plumbers can address and fix the problem, and can prevent it from happening again.

Once the cause has been identified and fixed, you can work on covering up the stain. The brown circle around the area can be removed, and the first thing you will want to do is clean the area. A mild bleach cleaner will help fad the stain and remove any grease, dirt or mildew. You should protect your furniture and flooring by covering the area below the stain with a sheet, and you should always wear goggles and gloves when working with bleach. 

When the area is clean and dry, you can paint that area of the ceiling to help it blend in. It may take over one coat of paint to cover the old stain completely, but it will provide comfort that area of the ceiling will not be defaced with another water stain again.

Do not fixate on the stain itself, but find the cause of the water stain on your ceiling and take quick action to solve the problem, otherwise you could face expensive repairs and replacements.. For more information on cleaning and preventing ceiling water stains, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.