Water leaks showing on living room ceiling

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by ronsaxton, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. ronsaxton

    ronsaxton New Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    i have water spot showing about 6-9 inches in diameter on livingroom ceiling and the Master Bath is over this area. this home was built in 2006 , i have nevr done plumbing work and i want to cut out the ceiling peice and attempt to stop this leak from happening please give me any and all advice , thanks
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    I like to see if the leak can be found before cutting holes.
    Careful measuring and finding the corresponding location in the upstairs bathroom may help.
    Post back once you have done that.
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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    When you make your report, be sure to note what kind of pipes are used in the attic. Keep in mind that the water could be coming from a vent pipe and water will follow a rafter for a considerable distance before dripping off so look for stains on them.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    The attic may be immaterial because they stated that it was the ceiling beneath the second floor bathroom. The only advice we can give you, based on the information you submitted, is to open the ceiling at the leak point and then search for the source of the water. Where it is leaking, however, may not be right below where the leak is.
  6. TedL

    TedL New Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    NY Capital District
    For the drywall repair, cut the patch a little oversize, trace outline on ceiling, and cut ceiling opening to match patch. Use strips of 3/4 plywood parallel to joists, drywall screwed to the ceiling and then to patch, if the ends are not landing on joists.
  7. wraujr

    wraujr Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Start by inspecting the shower and tub

    Do you have a shower, check for missing grout or caulk inside shower.
    If a tub, check for loose overflow or drain inside tub.
    Check for seal around fixtures, especially shower.

    If shower stall, does it have tiled seating area, these horizontal surfaces are notorious for leaking.
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