Water spots are one of the most frustrating parts of home ownership, as they can be caused by a myriad of other issues and are very obvious to guests. However, this water damage restoration is not impossible to handle, and if you have the right tools it can be very easy.

Clean It

One of the first things to do when handling water damage on your ceiling is to clean the spot from mold and sediment build-up that most likely has occurred. Water spots can be caused by a variety of water sources including plumbing and rain, and sometimes these water spots will carry sediment from the rain or plumbing with them. Additionally, the water damage has most likely caused mold. You will need to clean the spot with soapy water or diluted bleach wherever you can reach before you hide or remove the spot.

Repair or Replace

The way that you can handle water spots will depend on the size of the water spot itself. Small spots can easily be hidden, but you will need to buy stain-blocking primer before you paint over the stain, as the water-soluble paints usually used inside a home will show the stain. However, large amounts of water damage indicate structural issues with the drywall, and you will need to replace that part of the ceiling itself. This may require a professional, depending on what you are capable of. You may also have to replace some insulation if it is damaged as well.


The best way to make sure water damage doesn't get worse or new parts of a ceiling don't get ruined all over again is to find the source of the water stain and fix it. Water stains are usually caused by a plumbing problem or other issue rather than your roof leaking, but if you can't find a non-roof related reason you will need to hire a roofer to find the leak. It is far easier to fix a pipe clog by yourself than to find out what part of the roof is actually leaking as water can drip down rafters and other parts of the attic before actually forming a water spot.

There are three steps to fixing water damage present on your ceiling. You will need to clean the area from mold and sediment before either covering the stain with stain blocker and paint or replacing that part of the ceiling entirely. Once you've fixed the spot itself, you will need to find the source of the water leak and fix that as well. 

If the water damage is too large or if you don't have the equipment for this sort of repair, you can contact a water damage restoration company in your area for help.