How to check ceiling leaks

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 09 September 2020

This week RACV's Handy Andy takes you through what to do if you find a ceiling leak, and how to narrow down the cause so that you can find the right tradie to stem the flow.

Ready to give this tip a go? Find the tools you’ll need and a step-by-step guide below

Here’s what you’ll need to check for ceiling leaks

Stains and damp patches could be a sign that you've sprung a leak. Learn how to spot them with these helpful tips from RACV's Handy Andy, plus what to call if they get worse.   

  1. Look for any slight stains or discolouration on your ceiling/walls. 
  2. Using the grey lead pencil, draw a fine line around the outside of the stain. Tip: If using a ladder, always ensure it is securely placed on an even surface before climbing and never stand on the top rung.
  3. Keep an eye on the stain to see if it grows.
  4. If it does grow, what might have caused it. Did you use the shower, turn on the heater, or was there a storm? 
  5. Once you've narrowed down the cause of the leak, call the appropriate tradie to check it out.
  • Grey lead pencil
  • Ladder 

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