Your ceiling is one of the most susceptible areas in your home in regards to water damage. This is because most ceilings utilize a plaster material in their construction. When you have water damage on plaster it can be very nasty and extremely dangerous. This is because when plaster gets wet and does not harden, the area around it will be porous unless it is smoothed out quickly. When the plaster becomes porous it becomes even more susceptible to water damage. Not only will the water causing the damage continue to break down the plaster, it will start to leave mold which will further serve to corrode the plaster. When the plaster corrodes down to just a thin amount it can cause your ceiling to crack and eventually break down altogether. A water damage contractor typically has to be called in to take care of this.
If you want to know how to tell if your ceiling is in trouble then all you need to do is look up. You will be able to notice water stains in areas that are being affected by water damage. When you spot the water stain you need to call in a water damage expert. They will be able to find the source of the water damage and then they will come up with a plan of action to get rid of the water damage as soon as possible. In this case it will most likely involve a trip to the roof as the water damage and water stain indicate that there is probably a leak in your roof.
The leak could, however, be coming from your attic although it is still a good idea to call in a professional to deal with the repair as mold is dangerous and water damage could have damaged the structural integrity of the attic flooring. Falling through your ceiling could be deadly so let someone who knows what they’re doing repair the water damage.