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What Are the Brown Stains On Your Ceiling?

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever noticed a brown stain on your walls or ceilings. The spot may be small, but it could lead to questions like what is that spot is or where did it come from.  If you notice one of these spots on your ceiling or wall, you should absolutely consider calling us at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to inspect the damage. Those brown spots or water stains can be signs of disaster lurking.

One of the biggest reasons for these spots and stains is water pooling.  This is evident by the brown or yellow discoloration of your ceilings paint. These stains are caused by the surfactants in your paint.  Surfactant is usually brown in color and oily. When surfactant is mixed with water, it becomes reactivated.  When water pools and is concentrated in one area, that means the surfactant will as well. You may notice brown streaks in your bathroom where water and moisture is abundant.

A leak in your roof or a burst pipe can be the causes of water in your ceiling. Just because water is not flowing steadily down your ceilings or walls, it does not mean you shouldn’t act quickly.   If water sits too long, serious and costly water and mold damage can occur.  It takes only 48 hours for mold to begin affecting your home, so you need to act fast.  As you may know, exposure to mold is not healthy and needs professional mold remediation.  Water and mold lead to rotting of structural building material and is a health risk.

If you notice stains on your ceilings, please do not ignore them. Ignoring that can allow them to grow or worsen, which could cause more damage. Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall today to schedule an assessment of your water stains at 732-577-1010.

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