Why do I see water stains on my ceiling?
If you start seeing water stains on your ceiling, it could have been caused by a few factors. Here are some things you need to know to help keep your roof safe and clean.
We are introducing all the reasons and causes of water stains on your ceiling in this article.
Ceiling water stains are primarily by-products of your roof, plumbing leak, or heating appliance that is seeping through the ceiling and then evaporates, thus leaving it with an unsightly patch of discolored and dried mineral deposits.
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Once they notice water stains on the ceiling, most people usually get annoyed. Still, they lack ways to help them prevent such happenings as well as why it happens in the first place. With the Preferred Services team, we are here to educate you on why it happens and how you can prevent it.
Common Causes of Ceiling Water Stains
It is not extremely hard to figure the area of your home the water is coming from. Whether it is your upstairs bathroom or the roof itself, whatever is above your home ceiling is always the source of the stains you see.
The first thing to curb water stains is to identify the possible source above your ceiling. This can be a leaky pipe. Also, it is common for water to run along your house rafters or pipes before dropping onto your ceiling, thus becoming the source of stains.
- Caulking is also a common source of water seepage and stains on most ceilings. Caulking is the sealing of joints.
- A shower pan that comes into contact disrepair is also a common source of water stains on ceilings.
- Lousy piping. Bad piping leads to stains due to leaking or when pipes are sweating from inadequate insulation.
Again, to make sure your ceiling is free from water stains, make sure you have replaced old pipes. Old pipes lead to stains because of hard water minerals, which causes cuts that lead to leaking.
Sometimes, upgrading your insulation system can be the best way to prevent water stains on your ceiling. When it comes to improving your heating system, water stains may be a result of rain that comes from on top of your house.
Your Conditioning Safety Float Switch Might Be the Cause for The Ceiling Water Stains
When we speak about a safety float switch, we are talking about a device that goes on your conditioning system’s condensation line, which is primarily designed to prevent water damages if your condensation line is clogged.
Air Conditioning system’s condensation lines clog for various reasons such as rodents, dirt, mice, and bugs that crawl up inside and get stuck. To make sure your system is free from causing water stains to your ceiling, our expert AC service technicians will come to your place. We will get to the attic space, and at the system’s indoor coil, which is half of the entire conditioning system, we can check the condenser.
The indoor coiling is hooked up to the outside of the condenser. As the system is in operation, the coil is the one that condensates. Once the indoor coil condensates, it is going to produce water that is going to trickle down into the system’s black pan, and then water is going to drain, thus draining out of the PVC pipes and finally drain to the ceiling.
Preventing Water Stains on Your Ceiling
At Preferred Services, the first advice we have for you to prevent ceiling water stains is making sure you add something on your conditioning system’s condensation line – that is the safety float switch.
What Is A Safety Float Switch?
A safety floats switch is a flotation device that, when your system’s water backs up, it lifts the system’s float. By raising the system’s float, a safety floats switch shuts off the power to your conditioning system, making it to stop producing water.
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Why do I see water stains on my ceiling? Today, Brock gets up on the ceiling and digs in to find out why some people get water stains on their ceiling
What’s up, everybody? It’s Brock with Preferred Services coming at you with another Preferred Pointer. Today I’m doing air conditioning maintenance on a horizontal split system located in the attic, so I apologize for the mask. I’m not trying to hide my face, but I am definitely trying to protect my lungs.
I am going to be checking to make sure that the system is staying clean. I want to make sure that the system is operating at its peak efficiency. We want to make sure all the components are doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and reading what they’re supposed to be reading. So we’ll be checking all that stuff today and giving the customer a full report and, of course, giving them any recommendations. If I find anything that’s going to help the system run more efficiently, or give them better peace of mind, or improve the performance or the comfort level or anything like that, I’m going to share it. That’s just what we like to do here. So I’ll walk you guys through what I’m looking at on this particular system and we’ll go from there.
I want to talk to you guys about something called a safety float switch. This is something that goes on the condensation line of your air conditioning system to basically prevent water damage in the event that your condensation line becomes clogged. Condensation lines can clog for various reasons from dirt, dust to bugs, mice, rodents, things crawling up inside, dying, getting stuck. I mean there’s so many different reasons why it can become clogged. But in the event that it does become clogged, you want something to be able to tell your air conditioner to stop producing water, stop running so you don’t have water overflow and cause water damage.
One of the ways that you can do that is this here is the condensation line. I’m currently in an attic space right now and so this is the air conditioning and the heating system. We got the furnace here, we got the indoor coil, which is half of the air conditioning system that’s hooked up to the outside portion called the condenser, which we’ll get to in a minute, but it’s hooked up to that condenser via these copper pipes, okay? As the air conditioner is running, this coil is going to basically condensate. It’s going to produce water that’s going to trickle down into that black pan there and then it’s going to drain out of these PVC pipes and go outside.
Well, if this line were to ever clog up, the water just backs up and backs up and backs up and it overflows in that pan and starts overflowing into here. Eventually, we’ve seen it to where it’ll collect in this emergency pan and then overflow straight onto the platform and then into the ceiling and you get a water leak and water damage. Then you’ve got to get the restoration company and all sorts of stuff. Even if that stuff’s covered by insurance, it’s just very inconvenient.
One of the ways that you can prevent that is by adding something on this condensation line called a safety float switch. What it is, is it’s a flotation device that, when the water backs up, it’ll actually lift the float, okay, and it will shut off the power to the air conditioner, so it stops producing water. At that point, you would basically give us a call. You would call us and say, “Hey, the AC is not working.” We’d come out and we go, “Oh. Well, the safety float switch has tripped.”
Then we’d be able to clear out the condensation lines, see what was plugging it up and make sure that it’s draining properly after that and then, boom, you avoid water damage.
So it’s a very simple, inexpensive thing that you can put on the system and, yeah, that’s something that we’re going to recommend here because the last thing I want is my customers, really anyone out there, dealing with water damage and it’s so easy to just get ahead of it. For something as little as a safety float switch, you can really save yourself a lot of trouble.
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