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How to control a water leak on your sheetrock ceiling

The objective is to keep the leak from spreading throughout the room causing more damage.
First if it is a plumbing leak shut off water supply of leaking fixture.  If you are not sure what fixture is leaking shut off the main water supply valve to the house.  If the leak is coming from a drain line, roof leak, or ice damming the only thing you can do is control the leak until the problem can be accessed and fixed.
Second look for a bulge or water stains on the ceiling.  Then put a small hole (size of a nickel) in the ceiling sheetrock and let the water drain into a bucket.  Although you are putting a hole in ceiling you are controlling the leak and preventing water from spreading all over the room.  If there are no obvious signs on the best place to locate the draining hole try listening for a drip that will sound like steady tapping on the ceiling and locate the hole under it. 
Note that water can travel a long way before dripping into a room so try to trace it to the leak source before putting a hole in the ceiling.  You want the water to travel the shortest distance in your ceiling.
Then call your contractor to have them fix the problem.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

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