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MIA_Leak

@tracfone.com
reply to MaynardKrebs

Re: Mystery Leak

OP here, given the possibilities of the actual root cause, and you all had to make a choice, would you call a plumber or AC repair?

I chose to have a plumber come out in a couple of days. My thinking is that there is nothing wrong with the AC system, and any issues with condensation/pipes/insulation a plumber should be able to handle.

Am I right with this assumption?

garys_2k
Premium
join:2004-05-07
Farmington, MI
Ditto on cutting the ceiling open myself. I'd want to know right away what I'm dealing with, leaks can add up to big money quickly.


MIA_Leak

@tracfone.com
There is no way I am cutting up the drywall myself.

After calling around a bit, I think an AC company will be better suited for this job.

Multiple plumbing companies told me they can only help if there is a clogged pipe- which is more than likely not the case here.

garys_2k
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Farmington, MI
said by MIA_Leak :

There is no way I am cutting up the drywall myself.

Just wondering, why not? It cuts easily (especially if damp) with a box cutter.


leibold
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I understand that cutting drywall is easy, but when I don't know what is behind (or in this case above) it I rather leave it to someone that has the experience.

OP, your plan to get a plumber to investigate and take care off this issue was a good one. Like you however I found that some plumbers (especially highly recommended ones) are getting so much business that they can cherry-pick the types of issues they are willing to take on. You may want to try a few more plumbers instead of getting a HVAC specialist for an issue that may not be HVAC related. If you can't get any plumber to help, consider a general contractor that will also do the drywall repair when the problem is solved.
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cowboyro
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join:2000-10-11
Shelton, CT
said by leibold:

I understand that cutting drywall is easy, but when I don't know what is behind (or in this case above) it I rather leave it to someone that has the experience.

Come on, really? A simple hammer will do... just make a small crack enough to rip more, if there in nothing to be damaged then cut with saw... sheeessshhhhh...

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
kudos:1
reply to MIA_Leak
I would recommend trying to find a handiman who does small jobs and can repair sheetrock. Once the sheetrock is cut then you can determine the proper "expert" for the repair if it is out of the skill set of the person who cut the sheetrock. At this point, without knowing what is causing the water damage, you really don't know what skill sets are needed to complete the repair but you do know that the sheetrock will have to be fixed, so start there.

garys_2k
Premium
join:2004-05-07
Farmington, MI
reply to leibold
Slit the paper into the board (cut it into a neat rectangle) and smack it. No need to even penetrate all the way through to break it away and get your eyes on what's leaking.

nonymous
Premium
join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ
reply to MIA_Leak
said by MIA_Leak :

There is no way I am cutting up the drywall myself.

After calling around a bit, I think an AC company will be better suited for this job.

Multiple plumbing companies told me they can only help if there is a clogged pipe- which is more than likely not the case here.

I hate patching drywall yet I would cut a neat access to see who I needed to call if anyone. Then get a cheap drywall person to patch it up. Or maybe even patch myself depending on the texture.

nonymous
Premium
join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ
reply to leibold
Even if you do not know what is above it then it is still easy to cut. Even a box cutter and a straight edge. Just have to go deep enough to have a straight edge not even all the way through. Then carefully remove the drywall. If it is damp or wet heck the center part would probably fall apart.
Not telling you to go through it many inches deep with a saw then hit something.

MaynardKrebs
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reply to MIA_Leak
said by MIA_Leak :

OP here, given the possibilities of the actual root cause, and you all had to make a choice, would you call a plumber or AC repair?

I chose to have a plumber come out in a couple of days. My thinking is that there is nothing wrong with the AC system, and any issues with condensation/pipes/insulation a plumber should be able to handle.

Am I right with this assumption?

1) Get a strong magnet, and a heavy duty utility knife
2) Get a ladder
3) Get up on ladder with magnet, a pencil, and a ruler
4) Move the magnet around on the ceiling in the leak area until it 'grabs' a screw. This indicates that there's a joist in this spot. Mark the location. Do this over and over until you've found the boundaries of the area you want to cut out and all the joists in the area. Draw cut lines using your ruler centered on the screws long the joists.
5) Carefully cut the drywall out of the ceiling.

Then do everything I and others have suggested to look around yourself and test things out. Then you'll know whether you need a plumber, a/c guy, roofer, or some combination of all three.

When watever is wrong is repairs, find a handyman (with references and call them) who will patch your ceiling and paint it for you. if you don't want to do this yourself.