Why a Ceiling Stain May Indicate a Plumbing Issue

Ceiling Stain

A ceiling stain may indicate that there are plumbing problems you’re unaware of.

Discoloration on your ceiling can be an unsettling sign in your home. But what is it about ceiling stains that can indicate greater issues in your home? They aren’t just unsightly–ceiling stains can be the result of leaks that can mean stubborn plumbing issues and water damage in your home. Don’t just hide ceiling stains; it’s important to find the source of the stain in order to tackle plumbing issues before they get out of control. Here’s why a ceiling stain in your home may indicate a plumbing issue.


The most common cause of ceiling stains is a leak in the pipes. If you notice a ceiling stain form or grow, it can be an indication that there is a leak closeby. Even a small leak can cause a noticeable stain in drywall. When there’s discoloration on your ceiling, consider whether the room above is a bathroom or laundry room. When there’s plumbing above, it’s even more likely that your ceiling stain is resulting from a leaky pipe or plumbing feature upstairs. Though plumbing fixtures aren’t the only reason you may be experiencing a ceiling stain. Leaks in the roof can also cause water to drip through your home’s infrastructure and leave stains in the ceiling. A roof can fall into disrepair over time, especially after rough winters of freezing and snow buildup, and this can lead to expensive water damage and even flooding in your home. Investigating these possibilities when you notice a ceiling stain can save you difficult and costly repairs before it’s too late.

Mold and Mildew

It’s important to take care of the cause of ceiling stains before they get out of control. Not just because stains can be unsightly and detract from your home’s value, but also because they can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Allowing a leak or plumbing issue to build up over time can result in noticeable odor, mildew and mold that can result in hygiene issues and irritants in the air.

The Solution

When you notice a stain on your ceiling, you should always call your trusted plumbing professional. A plumber can help you investigate and identify the root cause of the issue so that it can be taken care of before the issue gets out of hand. Whether it’s a leaking pipe, running toilet, or worn-out roof, you don’t want to let a ceiling stain go for long before finding the root of the issue.

Questions? Call Mahon Plumbing Today!

If you still have questions regarding your home remodel and what that means for your plumbing situation, Mahon Plumbing is here to help you out. We have been serving the Baltimore area and beyond since 1994. We have the experience in our trained professionals to compliment our spectacular service. Feel free to give us a call at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, please do not hesitate to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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