Advice on a ceiling leak/damage issue?
May 11, 2010 3:59 PM Subscribe
Advice on a ceiling leak/damage issue? We own a condo on the 2nd floor of a building.
A few weeks ago, we noticed a stain on the bathroom ceiling, getting bigger. We called the property manager, and he sent the groundskeeper up to have a look. The guy looked at the ceiling and was like "yep, it looks like there's a leak." Then he reached up and pushed on the ceiling with his fist, and it left an indentation in the ceiling because the ceiling had become soft. That was about 2 weeks ago. Since then we heard nothing.
posted by treehorn+bunny to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
Today I saw the groundskeeper, so I asked him what the deal was. He said that they had gone with a plumber to the condo upstairs, and there was a showerhead up there that appeared to be leaking, and they tightened it, and he thinks that fixed the problem. He's probably right, because the stain doesn't appear to be growing anymore. I said "what about getting the ceiling fixed?" Since now I have about a 2 foot by 3 foot area of staining, plus a knuckle indentation in the ceiling which is actually more eye catching than the stain itself. He said "If you want to pursue that, you have to go through the people above you's insurance. It would not be covered by the association, because it was not caused by a 'common area' leak."
I am not a very pushy person (neither is my husband), so my first inclination was that I would paint the ceiling, and try to figure out how the hell to cover up a knuckle indentation in the ceiling, even though I suck at spackling and so forth. But then I have this nagging thought that why should I have to do this work, or potentially pay to have it done, when it's because of a leak upstairs and the groundskeeper's hand? It also crossed my mind that perhaps even though I would cover up the cosmetic damage, that the ceiling might not be structurally in good shape now, and perhaps needs a more major repair or replacement. I feel like a jerk about potentially costing the neighbors a lot of money, but... it seems like it might be the right thing to do. Do I just go knock on their door and say "hey, we are going to make a claim against you, nice to meet you, bye"? (I have never met them).
We are only planning to stay in this condo for 1 to 2 more years, so I'm not overly upset about that part, I just don't want it to be an issue when I'm trying to sell the place. I know nothing about home maintenance and repair. Advice is appreciated.