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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago

My kitchen ceiling is leaking?

My kitchen ceiling is leaking but we are unsure where it’s coming from, it might be the bathroom sink above but we don’t have a clue, what do we do? We don’t have money for a plumber:(

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  • John
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    1- you need located the leak point in the ceiling ,then see what feature is above the location .

    2- It's always leaking or just when you use the feature ?.

    3- if always have leak ,then you have burst copper pipe and if is only when use the feature ,then there is 2 possibility (A - ABS drain pipe fittings or drain pipe has crack  .B- seal of connection of the feature to the drain pipe is leaked ) .

    4- Some time connection to drain pipe is gone bad and water will leak ,this leak can flow over the pipe and go away far than the leak point and start to dripping ,in this case can be hell lot of trouble to pinpoint the leakage .

    Generally you must replace the drywall ceiling in that point ,so you need to make the cut directly at that point from beam to beam ,which is usually 12"-16"-or 24" distance between the ceiling beams .From that opening you can realize it is pipe or it is a feature . Then you attempt to fix it . 

    At any case you must make sure type of the leakage it's always or it stop and start ,this will give you clue what type of leakage you must look at .An ongoing leaking is only result of the copper pipe water that is run through to the ceiling .Stop and start is result of the shower room leakage (shower room floor faucet -shower room floor cracks or bath top floor faucets -Toilet bowl cracks ,toilet bowl seal wax - Drain pipe fittings or drain pipe cracks ) are common causes of the stop and start leakings .      

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  • ron h
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    My first stab at it would be to look for ANY moisture around the base of of your toilet, and then dampness / water under your sinks.

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  • 2 months ago

    start using your head ...see the leak ..that's the area upstairs to start ..there is a pipe to toilet ..touch it   feel the surface ..is it damp?  if dry move onto sink ..check pipes and waste outlet ..all with hand ...radiator?   feel around the pipes ..both ends ...to check pipes on bath remove the panel ...its a simple job of elimination.. however if its dripping through ceiling its a serious leak ...and you still need a plumber 

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  • 2 months ago

    Could be anything. Plumbers use dye to identify where the leak is. Often a process of elimination. Use YouTube. 

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  • Ann
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Turn off the valve to your upstairs bathroom sink.  if the water is still leaking, you'll know that's not the source.  Then turn off another valve, and another, until the leaking stops.  You will at least know where the leak is coming from.  Leave the water turned off from that source until you can afford to get it repaired.  You may have a broken water pipe somewhere.  If that's the case, you'll have to find someone to help you. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Sinks and toilet bowls have turn off valves. The valve for the toilet bowl is located behind the toilet bowl. The valve for the sink is located under the sink. Turn them both off. If the leak persists, that means you have a broken pipe or a worn connection. Do you have a friend or family member who knows anything about Plumbing that could help you? You at least have to stop the water from leaking, otherwise you are going to compound the damage tenfold if you don't stop the water from causing further damage.

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  • 2 months ago

    buy a bucket or pay for a plumber

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  • 2 months ago

    you start with the local handyman. He's lots cheaper than a plumber

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You narrowed it down to a bathroom above you.  So you look there and FIGURE IT OUT.   Most of the time it is just replacing parts and you can find out what those parts are by seeing the brand of fixture that is leaking.   Pipes don't leak so maybe an overflowing sink?

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  • DEBS
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If there is a sink directly above, then there's a good chance that is involved.  The easiest thing is if you look under the sink and see that it's leaking somewhere.  If not, then you need to figure out where the pipes run including the drain.  Does it immediately go down an exterior wall or is their enough space between your upper and lower levels for it to run somewhere else?  

    Worst case, if the ceiling is bad enough and part of it will need to be replaced anyway, I would consider pulling it down get a better look and determine the next steps.  

    Even if you find the source of this, it's likely you'll need to spend some money.  

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