When it Rains Through the Ceiling: Water Damage Problems

A nice cool rain is great in the summer; a chance to freshen the air and water the plants for free. But if you have water stains, or worse, an active drip from the ceiling of your Chandler home, you need help right away! We at Valleywide Restoration want to introduce the four most common causes of why your home may be leaking.



Plumbing system failures cost homeowners more time and money than any other source of water loss– an average of more than $5,000 after the insurance deductible was paid.

To prevent potential water damage, make it a practice to regularly check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. Invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system to alert you to any leaks. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks; upgrade to braided steel connectors to lessen the chance of leaks.

HVAC Drain Lines

In these hot Arizona summers, our A/Cs work constantly. Bacteria and grime can collect in, clog up, and overflow from the water lines. HVAC units are located “out of sight, out of mind,” and condensation line leak up in the attic or in the backyard could go unnoticed until you see a ceiling stain.

Three main causes lead to system failure and ceiling leaks:

  • A cracked or damaged overflow pan will leak.
  • A clogged filter will cause ice to form on the unit’s evaporator coils, and when that ice melts, it drips water.
  • A stopped-up condensate line clogged with slimy bacteria or debris will back up and flood.

Your HVAC company will repair the unit but you’ll need a remediation team like Valleywide to inspect for mold and restore any damage to your home.

Roof Damage

Roof flashing around chimneys or skylights are common sources for roof leaks since they protrude from the surface of the roof to redirect the flow of water. The drip edge is the metal flashing responsible for directing water away from the fascia. A failure here could invite wood rot, insects, and roof leaks.

Gutters that are not properly sloped or securely attached to your home’s exterior will also cause roof drainage problems. The extra weight of a clogged gutter can cause it to tear away from your home and cause damage. If you notice any gaps between the flashing and the roof, bent flashing, or unsecure gutters, make repairs to prevent future leaks.

Appliances on the Second Floor

Many modern home designs place appliances upstairs: water softener, hot water heater, laundry rooms. Having a washing machine upstairs is a blessing and a curse. To protect your home, conduct monthly mini inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines to prevent a catastrophe. Look for signs like blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks or a loose connection; the supply hose may be ready to fail. Replace hoses that show any sign of wear; the lifespan is about five years. Tighten any connections that feel loose.

Why Choose a Full-Service Restoration Company?

When you see water coming in your Chandler ceiling, you do you call? A full service company can turn your loss into an opportunity to rebuild and improve your property. Having a single contractor like Valleywide Restoration offers:

  • A dedicated project manager who will work with you from start to finish. This single point of contact ensures questions will be answered quickly.
  • Simplified process. We’ll coordinate everything in-house, so you only have to work with one company. We’ll also work directly with your insurance company.
  • Faster results and lower costs. We’ll coordinate the cleanup and repairs, eliminating any unnecessary delays during the restoration process.
  • Higher standards. Everyone in our company is dedicated to delivering only the best. You can count on excellent customer service, experienced technicians and carpenters, and high-quality construction services.

Valleywide Restoration repairs damaged drywall, ceilings, floors, and carpets. Valleywide Restoration is a family owned and operated company with over 25 years of experience in the restoration, renovation, and the construction industry. Valleywide Restoration has the tools and knowledge to make your cleanup easier.