Find the Cause
There’s no point in tackling the effects of water damage before you know what caused it. You’re probably dealing with one of two issues: a leaky roof, or a pipe that has burst. Of course, these aren’t the only two possible scenarios, but they are the most common. Other issues that could cause the problem include overflowing toilets and other appliances that have run over. These are simple causes to find and fix, of course, and you will want to do so before you attend to the problems they have created. If you aren’t able to find the problem, enlist the help of a professional to do it for you.
After you’ve repaired the source of the problem, you can begin attending to the water damage itself. Obviously, the extent of the destruction will determine how easy or difficult it is to clean it up. For smaller problems, you may need to do nothing more than dry the ceiling. A stain may stay behind, but that’s par for the course when you own a home. If the problem is more severe, however, simply drying up the moisture may not be enough. If the leak was there for some time, it may have led to mold growth, a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately. This is another problem that may require the services of a professional.
Knowing Your Limits
When water damage has soaked into the ceiling, you have to make a choice. Are you going to move forward with the repairs yourself, or are you going to call out a professional restoration and cleanup company to handle the problem? It’s important to know your limits in such a situation. It’s always tempting to take the cheap way out and do it yourself, but this isn’t always the right choice. If there is danger involved or you don’t know what you’re doing, strongly consider hiring someone whose job it is to clean up water damage.