I'd rather prefer it if my ceiling didn't fall in.
March 19, 2010 6:03 PM Subscribe
Small dark spot on ceiling wasn't there before. Should I be immediately concerned?
posted by jal0021 to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
I've lived here for three years, and the spot is in a location where it can't be missed, so it's clearly something that's appeared over the course of today. I'm in a third floor apartment of a three floor building, so I don't have anyone above me. The place is fairly well-constructed and has never given me any trouble in the past.
The spot itself feels markedly cold to the touch (compared to the surrounding ceiling) and slightly damp. There's a small indention near the center which flexes some if I poke it with my finger. In all, the spot is about the size of a half dollar, which hasn't changed any. The shape seems to have changed from being more circular to being more ovoid, however (assuming my eyes aren't simply playing tricks on me). It's in an internal location, far away from any outside walls or windows and about 2' from the nearest interior wall.
The current outside temperature is 21F and the indoor temperature is 73F. We got 14" of wet snow today. I'm running a humidifier; assuming the humidifier's humidistat is functioning correctly, the inside humidity should be somewhere between 30% and 40%.
The question, I suppose, is: am I staring at leak in the making, in which case I need to make an emergency maintenance request ASAP (emergency, since it's the weekend and all), or could this simply be a spot of condensation that'll go away on its own once the weather returns to normal?