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kosmic 12-20-2012 10:47 PM

Cracks in Ceiling - Water Damage?
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I am a complete newbie when it comes to home repair and I will hire someone to help me out. But I was wondering if people could help diagnose my problem here.

I live on the first floor of a 3 floor building. The ceiling in my bathroom has developed small cracks. This portion of the area above the tub has also seemed to sag slightly. When I press my hand gently against the ceiling and wall in this area, it seems very soft and could break easily.

Is this due to water damage from the unit above me? I have not noticed any leaking. Or is this not even a plumbing issue? These cracks were not there before and have just developed.

joecaption 12-20-2012 10:51 PM

Sure looks like water damage.
Pop off some of the texture and see if it's damp or moldy.

kosmic 12-20-2012 10:53 PM

Ok so this is coming from above me correct? I'm hoping my HOA will cover this but they always duck out of paying for things...

joecaption 12-20-2012 10:58 PM

That would be my guess.

ToolSeeker 12-21-2012 07:17 AM

I would get someone from the HOA to look at it before you take too much of it down. And take photos,lots of photos all through the process.

rossfingal 12-21-2012 07:49 AM

Yeah -
It does look like water damage.
Don't tear anything out!
Have your "HOA" look at it!!
Before you do anything!
Could be a roof leak -could be a plumbing leak from, above you.


Gary in WA 12-21-2012 09:38 PM

Need a better bath fan over that shower...


RobertoAguiar 12-26-2012 11:10 AM

Had the same problem before, its moisture from the hot showers. Get a good bath fan with high CFM number so you can avoid this in the future.

md2lgyk 12-26-2012 12:23 PM

Your HOA should have absolutely nothing to do with this. If it's indeed a water leak, it would be the responsibility of whoever lives above you (or their insurance company). Or, as Roberto says, it's too much moisture from showers, the fix is on you. Get your insurance company to look at it before you tear out anything.

noquacks 12-26-2012 04:47 PM

Yea, humidity from a shower seems to not be enough for that extensive paint peeling. Eventually, you should also see water stains develop.

Seattle2k 12-26-2012 06:18 PM

It looks like the shower in the unit above you may have a leak. Is that a tile shower, with tile shower floor?

federer 12-26-2012 10:22 PM

thats definitely water. try to locate the source, and go from there!

md2lgyk 12-27-2012 07:14 AM

Time for you to have a talk with your upstairs neighbor. I'm sure they don't realize their shower is leaking.

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