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What Is That Stain On My Ceiling?

water damage restoration akron, water damage akron, water damage cleanup akronAnytime you look up from the couch, the pillow, or even the bathtub– and you see a dark stain on the ceiling in your Akron home, you need to investigate. (If you are in the tub, grab your robe first!) Any discoloration is a symptom of water damage somewhere. We at CPR would like to introduce the most common culprits.

Roof Damage

Not every ceiling stain points to an expensive new roof. However, if the spots only appear, darken, or grow in size after it rains, the roof is likely the culprit. Sometimes it is a failure with the shingles, themselves. Roofs have an average lifespan of 20 years, but extreme weather will shorten that.

Gutters that are not properly sloped or securely attached to your home’s exterior will also cause roof drainage problems.The extra weight of a clogged gutter can cause it to tear away from your home and cause damage.  

Roof flashing around chimneys or skylights, are common sources for roof leaks since they protrude from the surface of the roof to redirect the flow of water. If you notice any gaps between the flashing and the roof, bent flashing, or unsecure gutters, make repairs to prevent future leaks.


Plumbing system failures cost homeowners more time and money than any other source of water loss– an average of more than $5,000 after the insurance deductible was paid. 

To prevent potential water damage, make it a practice to regularly check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. Invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system to alert you to any leaks. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks; upgrade to braided steel connectors to lessen the chance of leaks.

Condensation And Literal Mold

Another cause of ceiling discoloration may be related to moisture, but is not directly caused by it. Sometimes condensation from a cold pipe lingers — day after day. When a portion of the ceiling stays damp for an extended period of time, a yellowish brown mold stain can form overhead. Left untreated, the mold stain may grow and become darker over time.

HVAC Drain Lines

In Akron, A/Cs work constantly in the summer. Bacteria and grime can collect in, clog up, and overflow from the water lines. HVAC units are located “out of sight, out of mind,” and condensation line leak up in the attic or in the backyard could go unnoticed until you see a ceiling stain. Three main causes lead to HVAC system failure are:

  • A cracked or damaged overflow pan will leak. 
  • A clogged filter will cause ice to form on the unit’s evaporator coils, and when that ice melts, it drips water.
  • A stopped-up condensate line clogged with slimy bacteria or debris will back up and flood.

Your HVAC company will repair the unit but you’ll need a remediation team like CPR to inspect for mold and restore any damage to your home.  

Appliances On The Second Floor

Many modern home designs place appliances upstairs: water softeners, hot water heater, laundry rooms. Having a washing machine upstairs is a blessing and a curse. To protect your home, conduct monthly mini inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines to prevent a catastrophe. Look for signs like blisters in the hose, worn tubing, or stress cracks.

Tighten any connections that feel loose. Replace hoses that show any sign of wear; the lifespan is about five years. Definitely upgrade to braided steel lines; for a slightly higher price you will buy a lot of protection. 

Water Damage Cleanup In Akron

The IICRC serves as an independent, certification body to promote high standards and ethics within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC also ensures that when consumers hire a certified firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s “standard of care.”

Certified Professional Restoration (CPR) is a restoration company attentive to both the physical and the emotional pressure of home water damage. We offer 24-7 immediate response and are dedicated to customer satisfaction, serving Akron, Canton and surrounding areas.

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