Finding and Repairing The Leak
- Find the leak: Start at the stain and look around the area to find the leak. However, the leak might not be in the exact same area as the stain. You might have to go inside your walls or above the ceiling to locate the leak.
- Identify the source: Once you find the leak, follow the leak to locate the source. If there is a bathroom above the stain, the leak could be from a plumbing fixture or worn out caulk. Make sure you also check the pipes and water lines near the stain for leaks or damage. Determining the direction that the leak is moving will help you better identify the source.
- Consider the timing of the leak: The timing of the leak can help you identify its source. If the leak occurs after you take a shower or flush the toilet, the bathroom is the likely source. If the leak happens after it rains, there is likely a problem with the gutters or roof.
- Determine the quality of the water: The quality of the water can also help you find the source of the leak. You can tell the quality of the water from the look of the stain. If the stain is colorless and odor free, the source is likely a fresh water source such as a pipe or appliance line. If there is an odd color or odor to the stain, the leak may be from the roof or the bathroom.